(a) In all cases of seizure of any goods, wares, merchandise or other property made as being subject to forfeiture under provisions of this chapter which, in the opinion of the officer or person making the seizure, are of the appraised value of $50.00 or more, the said officer or person shall proceed as follows. He shall cause a list containing a particular description of the goods, wares, merchandise or other property seized to be prepared in duplicate and appraisement thereof, to be made by three sworn appraisers to be selected by him, who shall be respectable and disinterested citizens of the State of Alabama, residing within the county wherein the seizure was made. Said list and appraisement shall be properly attested by said officer or persons, and said appraisers, for which service each of said appraisers shall be allowed the sum of $1.00 per day, not exceeding two days, to be paid by the board out of any revenue received by it from the sale of the confiscated goods or the compromise which may be effected. If the said goods are believed by the officer making the seizure to be of value of less than $50.00, no appraisement shall be made.
The said officer or person shall proceed to post a notice in writing for three weeks at three places in the county where the seizure was made, describing the articles and stating the time and place and cause of their seizure and requiring any person claiming them to appear and make such claim in writing within 30 days from the date of the first posting of such notice.
Any person claiming the said goods, wares or merchandise, or other property so seized as contraband within the time specified in the notice may file with the board a claim in writing, stating his interest in the articles seized, and may execute a bond to the board in a penal sum equal to double the value of said goods so seized, but in no case less than the sum of $200.00, with sureties to be approved by the clerk of the circuit court in the county in which the goods are seized, conditioned that in the case of condemnation of the articles so seized, the obligors shall pay to the board the full value of the goods so seized and all costs and expense of the proceedings to obtain such condemnation, including a reasonable attorney's fee. Upon the delivery of such bond to the board, it shall transmit the same with the duplicate list or description of the goods seized to the district attorney of the circuit in which such seizure was made, and the said district attorney shall file a complaint in the circuit court of the county where the seizure was made to secure the forfeiture of said goods, wares, merchandise or other property. Upon the filing of the bonds aforesaid, the said goods shall be delivered to the claimant pending the outcome of said case. Said goods must have the proper stamps, crowns or lids affixed to each such article of alcoholic beverage enumerated and defined in this chapter before turning same over to claimant, the stamps, crowns or lids so affixed to be paid for by claimant when goods properly stamped are delivered by the board.
If no claim is interposed and no bond given within the time above specified, such goods, wares, merchandise or other property shall be forfeited without further proceedings and the same shall be sold as provided in this article, and the proceeds of sale when received by the board shall be turned in to the Treasury as other revenues collected by said board.
(b) In seizure in quantities of less value than $50.00, the same may be advertised with other quantities at Montgomery, Alabama by the board and disposed of as provided in subsection (a) of this section.
(c) The proceedings against goods, wares, merchandise or other property, pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, shall be considered as proceedings in rem unless otherwise provided.
(d) Should the board have to resort to the courts for collection of the tax due and assessed, no advertisement shall be made, and the confiscated alcoholic beverages may be held as evidence pending the result of court action.
Last modified: May 3, 2021