Most Expensive Assets Ever Seized by Police
A $160,000 Wine Collection
If you’re a wine lover, this next story might make you cringe a little. In 2013, Pennsylvania police went after a wine collecting couple and convinced them to sell several bottles to undercover officers, which goes against the state’s liquor laws. Not long after the couple was arrested and their entire collection of more than 2,400 bottles of wine worth nearly $160,000 was seized by the police.
Rather than reselling the wine or throwing a massive wine and cheese party, the police announced their intention to destroy the collection. The owners have since filed a suit to have the collection returned to them but so far no reports have indicated that the suit was a success.
A Trove of Nazi Art
In September 2010, a routine customs search on a train from Switzerland to Germany led police to discover that an unemployed man named Cornelius Gurlitt, who supposedly had no means of income, was suspiciously carrying 9,000 euros. This led police to obtain a warrant to search his Munich apartment, where they uncovered more than 1,400 pieces of art by the likes of Monet, Matisse, Renoir and Picasso, some of which had been missing since they were seized by the Nazis more than a half a century before.
Gurlitt inherited the collection, now worth an estimated $1 billion, from his art collector father who despite his Jewish heritage worked closely with the Nazis during World War II, accepting and reselling looted works of art. The pieces have since been auctioned off, donated to museums and in some cases even returned to their original owners.
Everything in This Lavish Cartel Villa
Mexico’s cartel problem has been out of control for years and it’s obvious that the criminals are the ones profiting most from the drug war. Nothing demonstrated this better than a 2014 raid on a quaint Mexican villa that happened to belong to a drug kingpin. Inside, police were shocked to find an extensive antique gun collection, a hot tub cave, a menagerie filled with rare and exotic animals and approximately $207 million in cash. Piles and piles of cash. We’re talking Breaking Bad money piles here.