Austen Nwanze, Plaintiff-appellant, v. United States of America; U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency,defendants-appellees, 976 F.2d 726 (4th Cir. 1992)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 976 F.2d 726 (4th Cir. 1992) Submitted: August 31, 1992Decided: September 24, 1992

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at Richmond. Robert R. Merhige, Jr., Senior District Judge. (CA-92-189)

Austen Nwanze, Appellant Pro Se.

Gurney Wingate Grant, II, Office of the United States Attorney, Richmond, Virginia, for Appellees.

Before SPROUSE and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges, and BUTZNER, Senior Circuit Judge.

E.D. Va.



Austen Nwanze appeals from the district court's dismissal of his petition for expedited release of an automobile forfeited to the government pursuant to 21 U.S.C.A. § 881 (West 1981 & Supp. 1992), after seizure by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. The district court dismissed the petition for want of jurisdiction, because Nwanze failed to timely file a claim and bond after receiving notice of seizure. Our review of the record and the district court's opinion discloses that this appeal is without merit. Accordingly, we affirm on the reasoning of the district court. Nwanze v. United States, No. CA-92-189 (E.D. Va. July 13, 1992). We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the Court and argument would not aid the decisional process.