November 20, 2013
YASIR MEHMOOD, Plaintiff,
UNITED STATES POSTAL INPECTION SERVICE, et al., Defendants.
CAROLYN K. DELANEY, Magistrate Judge.
Mr. Mehmood is a federal pretrial detainee proceeding pro se. He has filed a civil complaint in which he seeks return of $51, 000 seized from him by a United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) officer on March 9, 2013 when Mr. Mehmood was arrested. It appears the money was seized under United States asset forfeiture law.
A review of court records reveals Mr. Mehmood is a defendant in 2:12-cr-0154 JAM. It also appears that, by way of criminal indictment filed in 2:12-cr-0154 JAM, the United States is seeking forfeiture of the $51, 000 referenced in Mr. Mehmood's complaint. See ECF No. 107 at 10 in 2:12-cr-0154 JAM. That being the case, any issue Mr. Mehmood might have with the forfeiture of the property at issue must be raised in his criminal case. Furthermore, a civil action in this court commenced by Mr. Mehmood is not the appropriate method for challenging asset forfeiture under United States law. See 18 U.S.C. § 983; 39 C.F.R. § 233.9.
For these reasons, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court close this case.