State v. Casso
The state may seize funds that are linked to an illegal drug transaction. Law enforcement allegedly participated in controlled purchases of marijuana at the defendant's residence. The state charged the defendant, Curtis Ryan Casso, with possession of narcotics, with intent to sell, and the defendant pled guilty. The defendant allegedly admitted to law enforcement that he sold drugs to supplement his income. Law enforcement seized marijuana, LSD, a scale, packaging material and $1,840 in cash. The defendant moved for the return of money that the government seized. A nexus exists between the funds that the government seized and the alleged crime, and the court ordered the money to be forfeited to the state, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes §54-36a(c).