The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable George H. King United States District Judge
CONSENT JUDGMENT [NOTICE OF LODGING CONSENT JUDGMENT LODGED CONCURRENTLY HEREWITH]
On September 18, 2007, plaintiff United States of America ("plaintiff" or the "government") filed a Complaint for Forfeiture against the defendant real property*fn1 located at 13370 Dronfield Street, Sylmar, California 91342 (the "defendant property"). The government alleged that the defendant property was subject to forfeiture pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 881(7).
Claimants Cirino Melero and Esperanza Melero (collectively "claimants") filed verified claims and answers on December 28, 2007. No other claims, statements of interest, or answers have been filed, and the time for filing claims, statements, and answers has expired.
The government and claimants have agreed to settle this forfeiture action and to avoid further litigation.
The Court having been duly advised of and having considered the matter, and based upon the consent of plaintiff and claimants,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED:
1. This Court has jurisdiction over this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1345 and 1355.
2. The Complaint for Forfeiture states a claim for relief pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 881(7).
3. Notice of this action has been given as required by law. Claimants filed the only claims and answers. The Court deems that all other potential claimants admit the allegations of the Complaint for Forfeiture to be true.
4. Claimants agree to forfeiture as set out below. A judgment of forfeiture is hereby entered in favor of the United States, which shall dispose of the following defendant property in accordance with the law:
(A) The defendant real property shall be appraised by the government.
(B) Upon receipt of the appraisal, claimants shall pay to the government, as a settlement, forty-five percent (45%) of the current appraised value, which shall be condemned and forfeited to the United States in accordance with law. Payment shall be made in the form of a cashier's check payable to the United States Treasury Department. The cashier's check shall be delivered to Assistant United States Attorney Frank D. Kortum at United States Courthouse, 411 West Fourth Street, Suite 8000, Santa Ana, California 92701.
(C) Thereafter, the government shall file an original withdrawal of lis pendens, which shall be recorded in the ...