This past year has seen an explosion of seizures of bank accounts by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for alleged trade-based, money laundering or "structuring" deposits of cash into one or more bank accounts. The funds in the bank accounts are taken when the bank is served with a Seizure Warrant signed by a Federal Court Magistrate Judge, based upon an affidavit prepared by the DEA or ICE Agent. The Seizure Warrant itself typically alleges that the money is subject to seizure because is it the proceeds of drug activity in violation of 21 U.S.C. 881 and 18 U.S.C. 1956.
The SAT of the Mexican Government has issued hundreds of questionnaires to U.S. exporters demanding proof that the country of origin of the merchandise shipped from the United States to Mexico really qualified under NAFTA. The problem is that U.S. exporters are not taking the Mexican Government questionnaires seriously enough, resulting in the Mexican Government penalizing the Mexican importer which then sues the U.S. exporter.