United States of America v. Approximately $19,575.00 in U.S. Currency

Filing 4

CONSENT JUDGMENT OF FORFEITURE signed by Senior Judge William B. Shubb on 2/10/15. (Kaminski, H)

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1 BENJAMIN B. WAGNER United States Attorney 2 KEVIN C. KHASIGIAN Assistant U. S. Attorney 3 501 I Street, Suite 10-100 Sacramento, CA 95814 4 Telephone: (916) 554-2700 5 Attorneys for the United States 6 7 8 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 12 13 14 2:15-MC-00004-WBS-AC Plaintiff, v. CONSENT JUDGMENT OF FORFEITURE APPROXIMATELY $19,575.00 IN U.S. CURRENCY, 15 Defendant. 16 17 Pursuant to the Stipulation for Consent Judgment of Forfeiture, the Court finds: 18 1. On July 30, 2014, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) 19 contacted Daniel Hagel (“Hagel”) at the Sacramento International Airport in Sacramento, California. 20 Approximately $19,575.00 in U.S. Currency (“defendant currency”) was seized from Hagel during this 21 encounter. 22 2. The DEA commenced administrative forfeiture proceedings, sending direct written 23 notice to all known potential claimants and publishing notice to all others. On or about October 14, 24 2014, the DEA received a claim from Hagel asserting an ownership interest in the defendant currency. 25 3. The United States represents that it could show at a forfeiture trial that on or about 26 On July 30, 2014, 2012, agents with the DEA received information that Hagel was traveling from 27 Sacramento to Los Angeles with a large amount of cash in his bag. When he attempted to proceed 28 29 30 1 Consent Judgment of Forfeiture 1 through security, law enforcement officials observed a large amount of cash and personal use amounts 2 of marijuana in Hagel’s luggage. The agents confiscated the cash and marijuana and asked Hagel what 3 he was doing in Sacramento. Hagel responded that he went to Chico to discuss a business opportunity 4 – a nutrition meal delivery service – with two partners. Hagel had flown into Sacramento the previous 5 day. According to Hagel, the business partners agreed to invest $20, 000 total, thus he was returning to 6 Los Angeles with the money. 7 4. The United States could further show at trial that a drug dog positively alerted to the 8 presence of the odor of narcotics on the defendant currency. 9 5. The United States could further show at a forfeiture trial that the defendant currency 10 is forfeitable to the United States pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 881(a)(6). 11 6. Without admitting the truth of the factual assertions contained in this stipulation, Daniel 12 Hagel specifically denies the same, and for the purpose of reaching an amicable resolution and 13 compromise of this matter, Daniel Hagel agrees that an adequate factual basis exists to support 14 forfeiture of the defendant currency. Daniel Hagel hereby acknowledges that he is the sole owner of 15 the defendant currency, and that no other person or entity has any legitimate claim of interest therein. 16 Should any person or entity institute any kind of claim or action against the government with regard to 17 its forfeiture of the defendant currency, Daniel Hagel shall hold harmless and indemnify the United 18 States, as set forth below. 19 7. This Court has jurisdiction in this matter pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1345 and 1355, as this 20 is the judicial district in which acts or omissions giving rise to the forfeiture occurred. 21 8. This Court has venue pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1395, as this is the judicial district in 22 which the defendant currency was seized. 23 9. The parties herein desire to settle this matter pursuant to the terms of a duly executed 24 Stipulation for Consent Judgment of Forfeiture. 25 Based upon the above findings, and the files and records of the Court, it is hereby ORDERED 26 AND ADJUDGED: 27 10. The Court adopts the Stipulation for Consent Judgment of Forfeiture entered into by and 28 between the parties. 29 30 2 Consent Judgment of Forfeiture 1 11. Upon entry of the Consent Judgment of Forfeiture, $7,575.00 of the Approximately 2 $19,575.00 in U.S. Currency, together with any interest that may have accrued on the total amount 3 seized, shall be forfeited to the United States pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 881(a)(6), to be disposed of 4 according to law. 5 12. Upon entry of the Consent Judgment of Forfeiture, but no later than 60 days thereafter, 6 $12,000.00 of the Approximately $19,575.00 in U.S. Currency shall be returned to potential claimant 7 Daniel Hagel through his attorney Alan G. Karow. 8 13. The United States of America and its servants, agents, and employees and all other 9 public entities, their servants, agents and employees, are released from any and all liability arising out 10 of or in any way connected with the seizure or forfeiture of the defendant funds. This is a full and final 11 release applying to all unknown and unanticipated injuries, and/or damages arising out of said seizure 12 or forfeiture, as well as to those now known or disclosed. Daniel Hagel waives the provisions of 13 California Civil Code § 1542. 14 14. No portion of the stipulated settlement, including statements or admissions made 15 therein, shall be admissible in any criminal action pursuant to Rules 408 and 410(a)(4) of the Federal 16 Rules of Evidence. 17 15. All parties will bear their own costs and attorney’s fees. 18 16. Pursuant to the Stipulation for Consent Judgment of Forfeiture filed herein, the Court 19 enters this Certificate of Reasonable Cause pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2465, that there was reasonable cause 20 for the seizure of the above-described defendant funds. 21 IT IS SO ORDERED. 22 Dated: February 10, 2015 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 3 Consent Judgment of Forfeiture

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