The DEA arrested her boyfriend, accusing him of dealing drugs, and when they did, they also took her SUV which she used for her business. When she couldn’t get it back, she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser to find out if the government could keep her vehicle.
If Derica is in a kitchen, her face smiles.
Derica Wallace: “I love to cook.
And she is lucky because she has been able to turn her passion into profit.
Derica Wallace: “Make a living out of it. I take part in different events. I organize children’s parties. I have done weddings.
Success because D’s Delights has found a niche.
Derica Wallace: “So it’s soul fusion. I can just, I can cook anything. I fuse anything together, and it’ll be good for your soul.
Talk about cooking and you can see the joy on his face. Talk about why we’re here, and it goes away.
Derica Wallace: “I came to the door, and I was like, who is that? They said it was the police. I said, okay. I opened the door.”
The DEA had come to arrest Derica’s boyfriend for drug trafficking. When they took him away, they also confiscated Derica’s 2021 SUV.
Patrick Fraser: “Did you know he was dealing drugs?”
Derica Wallace: “No, no idea.”
Patrick Fraser: “Why wouldn’t the DEA keep the truck?
Derica Wallace: “I have nothing to do with drugs. It was used for catering purposes, to pick up children.
A month passed, Derica not only couldn’t get her truck back. She didn’t even know where it was.
Derica Wallace: “I called the, it’s a federal line they have. I called anyone I can think of who could possibly help me locate my truck.
Without his SUV, his business is like a dish left in the oven for too long: drying out.
Derica Wallace: “I’ve paid over $1,700 in a month and a half for car rentals, but I’m still paying a car bill and insurance on my truck.”
She still owes $40,000 on that SUV without it, her bright future looks cooked.
Derica Wallace: “I feel like a victim because of his mistakes, and they blame me for that by being associated with him.”
Well, Howard, you’re a criminal attorney, can law enforcement keep your property because a partner is an accused drug dealer?
7News legal expert Howard Finkelstein: “It depends, if you knew about illegal activity or if you allowed your car to be used in a crime, they can keep it, and they don’t have to prove that you did. You have to prove that you didn’t. One last thing, if you owe money on the vehicle, the government has to pay it back if they keep it, and sometimes they decide it’s not worth it and give it back, but of course if you don’t didn’t know anything, you get it back.
I contacted the DEA and they were very helpful.
Derica got a call from an agent, she was told her SUV would be turned over to her. A few days later it was raining but Derica lit up her SUV with that smile.
Derica Wallace: “Yes, I got my truck, I’m happy.”
Derica can get back to work, cooking, catering, and pursuing her dream of one day opening her own restaurant with a little help from Help Me Howard.
Derica Wallace: “It was one of the best adult moves I’ve ever done so far in my life. I’m happy. It saved me a lot of stress because I was really stressed.
Glad you got your SUV back, Derica, and what kind of crimes can the government seize your car, your house, your money in?
Crimes that earn you money, such as drug trafficking, money laundering, fraud and many more. Maybe that’s why they say crime doesn’t pay.
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With this Help Me Howard, I’m Patrick Fraser 7News.
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