Title: What is Rico Law?
Description: Federal RICO laws, or racketeering charges, were initially created to combat organized crime.
Federal RICO laws, or racketeering charges, were initially created to combat organized crime. Simply put, these laws make it unlawful for a person to cross state laws or travel in interstate commerce with the proceeds of certain specifically defined illicit operations, like gambling, prostitution, or narcotic distribution.
Those persons subject to a RICO prosecution are alleged to have crossed state lines with the proceeds or money from some sort of illicit operation. No drugs are typically found during a search of a person’s vehicle. Money is certainly the key evidence in a RICO prosecution. They will also likely seize any cell phones, laptops, or electronic devices in an effort to determine the source of the proceeds or the money that was uncovered during the search.
The government must prove that the product or the cash that was found in the vehicle was the product of an illicit operation, most of the time an unlawful narcotics operation. Federal agents will then conduct an investigation in effort to try and determine the source of these seized funds. In a RICO violation case, it is important to note that they must establish that those funds were the product of an illicit or illegal operation, like narcotics distribution.
With the legalization of Marijuana in states on the West Coast, federal agents have been targeting persons traveling from either the Midwest or the East Coast back to the West Coast with proceeds of what they consider to be the unlawful operation or distribution of narcotics.