Civil asset forfeiture discussed by area law enforcement and local resident after AG Jeff Sessions revives new federal policy on police seizures. Yolanda Jones/The Commercial Appeal
July 27, 2017 – Vencie Varnado, 54, poses for a portrait in his Millington home after discussing having his vehicle seized by police following his son’s arrest on drug charges. The car was eventually returned after Varnado hired an attorney to fight to have his property returned. With Attorney General Jeff Session’s directive on assets seized by police, citizens like Varnado may find it harder to get property returned.(Photo: Yalonda M. James/The Commercial Appeal)Buy Photo
Vencie Varnado still gets angry when he thinks about his battle with the Millington police. The agency seized his 2005 Mercedes although he never committed a crime.
Last April, his son was driving the vehicle when officers arrested the teenager on marijuana charges, and under the civil asset forfeiture law, the suburban police department kept Varnado’s vehicle and intended