Stratis v. U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency
ORDER that the Government shall on or before January 28, 2015, file a complaint for forfeiture in the manner set forth in the Supplemental Rules for Certain Admiralty and Maritime Claims or return the currency to Michael John Stratis, by Judge Richard P. Matsch on 1/13/2015. (evana, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-02874-RPM
MICHAEL JOHN STRATIS,
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION,
ORDER ON PETITION
Pursuant to the hearing held today on the Petition for Release of Seized
Property, filed October 21, 2014, and on the finding and conclusions that the letter of
June 11, 2014, from Gabriel N. Schwartz, Esq., sworn to by the Petitioner, Michael John
Stratis, complies with the requirements of 18 U.S.C. § 983(a)(2(C) and 28 C.F.R. §
8.10(b). Accordingly, to retain the seized currency, the Government must file a
complaint for forfeiture. Given the delay in this matter because of the Government’s
failure to acknowledge the sufficiency of the Petitioner’s claim, it is
ORDERED that the Government shall on or before January 28, 2015, file a
complaint for forfeiture in the manner set forth in the Supplemental Rules for Certain
Admiralty and Maritime Claims or return the currency to Michael John Stratis.
DATED: January 13, 2015.
BY THE COURT:
s/Richard P. Matsch
Richard P. Matsch, Senior District Judge
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