This is some real bullshit right here.
The FBI 'drilled and pried' their way into 1,400 safe-deposit boxes at a private vault company in Beverly Hills after misleading a judge about their plan to permanently confiscate everything inside every box containing at least $5,000 in cash or goods, a senior FBI agent recently testified.
Under US forfeiture laws, the government must have evidence that it was derived from criminal conduct or used to facilitate it.
Judge Kim was explicit in limiting the scope of the raid, writing: "This warrant does not authorize a criminal search or seizure of the contents of the safety deposit boxes." He then gave the FBI permission to take inventory of box contents to protect against accusations of theft, and then ordered agents to notify owners not implicated in crimes so that they could recover their property.