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Article - Alcoholic Beverages


    (a)    Alcoholic beverages and other contraband kept, possessed, used, sold, manufactured, stored, or transported in violation of this article:

        (1)    are subject to seizure and forfeiture; and

        (2)    when seized, may be recovered or disposed of only as provided in this subtitle.

    (b)    Property is forfeited if it:

        (1)    was seized as contraband in the possession or control of a defendant who is found guilty of violating this article; or

        (2)    is otherwise found to be contraband or in violation of this article.

    (c)    (1)    Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, property is forfeited if it:

            (i)    is seized as contraband and remains unclaimed for 30 days after seizure; and

            (ii)    has not been destroyed in accordance with this subtitle.

        (2)    (i)    A vehicle, a vessel, or an aircraft that is seized as contraband is forfeited unless a protest is filed within 30 days after the publication under subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph.

            (ii)    The Comptroller:

                1.    if possible, shall notify the registered owner of the property of the seizure; and

                2.    shall publish a notice:

                A.    in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the vehicle, vessel, or aircraft was seized; and

                B.    informing interested persons of the seizure and the right to file a protest.