Arrest Reports and Laws

Duty of officer upon seizure; disposition of property if no claim to rightful possession is established.

(1) Upon seizing property in execution of duty, a parole and probation officer shall, as soon thereafter as is reasonably possible, make a written list of the things seized and furnish a copy to the suspected parole or post-prison supervision violator. The list shall contain a notice informing the person of the right to contest the seizure by filing a petition and shall contain such other information as the Department of Corrections, by rule, may require.
(2) If no claim of rightful possession has been established under ORS 144.405 to 144.409, the Department of Corrections may order the sale, destruction or other disposition of the things seized. The department may enter into agreements with other state and local officials responsible under applicable laws for selling, destroying or otherwise disposing of contraband or unclaimed goods in official custody for ultimate disposition of the things seized. The clear proceeds, if any, generated by the disposition of things seized shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the General Fund.
(3) If things seized by a parole and probation officer in execution of duty are not needed for evidentiary purposes, and if a person having a rightful claim establishes identity and right to possession to the satisfaction of the Department of Corrections, the department may summarily return the things seized to their rightful possessor.
(4) If the things seized are contraband, the fruits of crime or things otherwise criminally possessed, the Department of Corrections may:
(a) Relinquish custody of the things seized to appropriate law enforcement officials for disposition; or
(b) Hold and safeguard the things seized until directed by appropriate law enforcement officials that the things in question are no longer needed for purposes of criminal prosecution. [1991 c.286 §2]