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So a family member of mine is suspected of a crime (I'm not going to say exactly what). The FBI showed up at his doorstep a while back with the Sheriffs and they told him he was under investigation. Without being charged with anything, they charged his stuff with the crime of being suspected to have something to do with a crime, and proceeded to haul off perhaps $75k worth of computer equipment (including monitors), his cameras (professional photographer), his iPod, his entire CD collection, and all his photo albums, including pictures of family as well as records of his work (weddings, sports events, etc.). They seized similar assets belonging to other family members who happen to live with him.
Basically, in order to circumvent that irksome constitutional right to be secure in life liberty and property until convicted of a crime, the police arrest your stuff, charge it with a crime, then hold it indefinitely without ever bringing prosecution to bear on it. (like a computer could be guilty of a crime in the first place) The burden of proof that the stuff was not used in a crime is on the suspect, and in order to even begin proceedings to recover it, one must post a bail bond of 10% of the value of the property seized within 30 days of the seizure. The seized property usually goes up to the feds, who auction it and then return a portion of the money to whatever local agency stole the goods in the first place.