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Law enforcement agencies argue that civil asset forfeitures help fight the war on drugs by directly going for the money that funds large drug enterprises. However, the practice of civil forfeiture has led to widespread issues of every-day citizens having their money and property taken from them, even if they are never charged or convicted of a crime. This series of videos and photographs were produced as part of an investigation at the Greenville News examining the broken system of civil asset forfeitures in the state and how it has allowed agencies to take millions in cash from citizens.

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