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The problem is that the civil forfeiture process is almost completely onesided. The game is stacked against you and against your girlfriends mother. The civil forfeiture process is one of the most abusive procedure in the US today. Law enforcement only needs to show that the asset in question was used in drug trafficking. They don't even need to prove the underlying crime, and the standard of proof is much reduced.
Also the law does not protect "innocent owners." The fact that the actual owner was unaware is not necessarily going to help her get the car back. And the time frames on the process are so tight that if you do miss the filing deadline your're done.
What you have described is a typical practice on the part of law enforcement. They delay responding and refuse to assist hile the clock runs out.
You do not indicate what state you are in but it is vital for the owner of the vehicle to file a Petition with the Court to challenge the forfeiture before the vehicle is sold by law enforcement.
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