2022 Kansas Civil Asset Forfeiture Report released

TOPEKA – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) recently provided the 2022 Kansas Civil Asset Forfeiture Report to the Kansas Legislature, and released it to the public at www.kasfr.kbi.ks.gov.

Civil asset forfeiture is a procedure that authorizes law enforcement agencies to seize and forfeit property and cash that was obtained with proceeds from, or used to facilitate, certain criminal activity. Once a forfeiture proceeding concludes, the forfeited property or funds may be used for permissible law enforcement operations, or to further public safety objectives.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reports have been submitted to the Kansas Legislature annually since 2020, as is required by K.S.A. 60-4127. In 2018, the Legislature amended the 1994 Kansas Standard Asset Seizure and Forfeiture Act to include this additional reporting requirement.

The amended law requires that all Kansas law enforcement agencies submit asset forfeiture incident reports and an annual report to the KBI through the Kansas Asset Seizure and Forfeiture Repository (KASFR). The KBI collects and reconciles the submitted information and reports it to the Kansas Legislature, and the public, in an effort to improve transparency about the forfeiture process.

This report covers the period of January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022. It includes approximately $4.61 million in seized property, and approximately $3.45 million in forfeited property.

A breakdown of seizure and forfeiture activity by agency is provided, as well as information on forfeiture fund expenditures. Detailed information pertaining to reported seizures such as the location, the associated criminal offense, and the age, gender, race and ethnicity of the owner or possessor is included.

The annual report does not comprise all data submitted by Kansas law enforcement agencies. Refer to the KASFR website for a complete review of the data, and additional visualizations.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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