The UK’s Revenue and Customs confiscated cash belonging to Nayele Ametefe, the Ghanaian-Austrian woman who was jailed eight years and eight months for transporting 12 kilogrammes of cocaine into that country.
In the UK, seizure of cash is made under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and under Section 19 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
One may challenge the legality of any such seizure by sending a notice of claim to the HMRC or the Border Force or write to the HMRC or the Border Force asking for the return of one’s cash, even if they accept it was seized legally.
Ametefe was arrested at the Heathrow Airport on November 10, 2014 after attempting to enter the UK with the cocaine in her hand luggage. The drugs had a street value of £1.9m.
She was subsequently charged with Class A drug trafficking and put before the Isleworth Crown Court in Middlesex, London.