At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, federal DEA agents and their partners upped the ante against cannabis. Nonetheless, the final year of Donald Trump‘s administration did not match seizure records set in previous years.
Agents took over $41 million in assets related to marijuana-related eradication efforts in 2020. As usual, the overwhelming percentage of plant seizures (82 percent) and arrests (40 percent) nationwide took place in California. At the time of his crackdown, before losing the 2020 election, Trump was engaged in a political battle against the state over environmental and social justice issues.
Over the decade 2007 – 2017, which includes the first year of the GOP administration, US Drug Enforcement Administration permanently seized $3.2 billion in cash from individuals who were never charged with a crime, according to a Justice Department inspector general report.