Prosecutors seek civil asset forfeiture in student’s arrest

Published 12:19 pm Wednesday, January 16, 2019

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – Prosecutors are asking a judge to order property and money used to allegedly further illegal drug activity by an 18-year-old Alabaster student be forfeited to the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, according to documents recently filed in Shelby County Civil Court.


The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office is asking Circuit Court Judge Corey Moore to order $1,782 in cash, a Remington Model 700 .270 Caliber rifle, a H&R 12-gauge shotgun and assorted magazines and ammunition be forfeited to the Task Force after it was confiscated during the Jan. 7 arrest of Kamau Diandi Greene Jr.

On Jan. 7, an Alabaster City Schools school resource officer contacted the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force in response to a narcotics investigation on the campus of Thompson High School.

Task Force investigators arrived and made contact with Greene, who lists an address on Sugar Hill in Alabaster. Greene was found to be in possession of ecstasy, psilocybin mushroom powder, Xanax, drug paraphernalia and a quarter pound of marijuana. Greene was also in possession of three firearms on the school campus, one of which was confirmed stolen, according to authorities.

Greene is facing charges of fourth-degree receiving stolen property, carrying a pistol without a license, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from the Shelby County Jail the day after he was arrested after posting a $13,000 bond.

Alabama law allows law enforcement agencies to petition to seize assets suspected of being involved in – or the fruits of – criminal activity in an effort to deter crimes.

According to the District Attorney’s Office’s complaint, the money, two guns, magazines and ammunition “was being used by or within the immediate proximity of (Greene), who is believed to have had the intent to use said property to facilitate the violation of the controlled substances laws of the state of Alabama, and/or is considered to be the proceeds from the illegal sale of controlled substances.”

As of Jan. 16, Moore had not issued a ruling in the asset forfeiture case.

Greene is set to appear in Shelby County District Court on Feb. 20 for a preliminary hearing on his criminal charges.