The opinion of the court was delivered by: Edward J. Garcia United States District Judge
PRELIMINARY ORDER OF FORFEITURE
Based upon the plea agreement entered into between plaintiff United States of America and defendant Steven Harold Cebelinski, it is hereby
ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED as follows:
1. Pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 853, defendant Steven Harold Cebelinski's interest in the following property shall be condemned and forfeited to the United States of America, to be disposed of according to law:
a) $50,000 in U.S. Currency seized from 751 Central Park Drive, #432, Roseville, California, on or about August 14, 2007.
2. The above-listed asset constitutes property which was the proceeds of a violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841.
3. Pursuant to Rule 32.2(b), the Attorney General (or a designee) shall be authorized to seize the above-listed property. The aforementioned property shall be seized and held by the United States in its secure custody and control.
4. a. Pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 853(n) and Local Rule 83-171, the United States forthwith shall publish at least once for three successive weeks in the Auburn Sentinel (Placer County), a newspaper of general circulation located in the county in which the above-listed property was seized, notice of this Order, notice of the Attorney General's (or a designee's) intent to dispose of the property in such manner as the Attorney General may direct, and notice that any person, other than the defendant, having or claiming a legal interest in the above-listed property must file a petition with the Court within thirty (30) days of the final publication of the notice or of receipt of actual notice, whichever is earlier.
b. This notice shall state that the petition shall be for a hearing to adjudicate the validity of the petitioner's alleged interest in the property, shall be signed by the petitioner under penalty of perjury, and shall set forth the nature and extent of the petitioner's right, title or interest in the property and any additional facts supporting the petitioner's claim and the relief sought.
c. The United States may also, to the extent practicable, provide direct written notice to any person known to have alleged an interest in the property that is the subject of the Order of Forfeiture, as a substitute for published notice as to those persons so notified.
5. If a petition is timely filed, upon adjudication of all third-party interests, if any, this Court will enter a Final Order of Forfeiture pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 853 in which all interests will be addressed.
SO ORDERED this 15th day of September, 2008.
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