"Always Think Forfeture"
I do not have an issue with forfeiture as a broad concept. Money and possessions acquired as the fruit of criminal enterprises by convicted criminals should be put to the general good. I do have a real issue with agencies being able to keep the money they seize. Agencies profiting (or whatever you want to call it) from seizing money and goods creates an inherent self interest that is very definitely a bad thing.
Also I have a real issue with assets being seized when a conviction for a serious crime is not present. Lots of time people who are guilty as sin are not convicted for whatever reason, however in our system that means they are INNOCENT. We hear a story now and then about a guy who just deals in cash having a big wad taken from him and not being able to get it back. Admittedly those stories come from a fairly specific audience with views against this sort of thing. I am sure for every truly innocent guy whose money gets stolen there are a dozen crack dealers but that is not the point.
It seems like the well intentioned idea of asset forfeiture has been corrupted by a combination of bad laws and the self interest of various agencies who can seize funds.