Property seized by the Police Department, is under the protection of the Police Department. It is your responsibility to contact the Property Officer as soon as possible if you wish to claim your property. To ensure safety, medical and marijuana property will not be released to owners without a court order. Property will not be held longer than the indicated dates. If you need assistance, or a special circumstance/need arises, please contact the Property Officer.
PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE
ITEMS BOOKED AT THE WINTERS POLICE DEPARTMENT
Misdemeanor Arrest- Items will be held until the date of sentencing
ITEMS BOOKED AS SAFEKEEPING: Items will be held 60 days. Unclaimed items will be disposed of according to the law. A friend or relative may pick up items with a written and signed note from the true owner of the property (cell phones, computers, or other property which contains or may contain private or identifying information in addition to weapons cannot be released).
ITEMS BOOKED AS FOUND PROPERTY: Items will be held for 90 days. After 90 days, finders may contact the Property Officer for information on how to claim the property (cell phones, computers, or other property which contains or may contain private or identifying information in addition to weapons cannot be released).
ITEMS BOOKED WITH A SEARCH WARRANT: Contact the Property Officer regarding return of items, 1536 P.C. requires a court order to release property held by search warrant.
FIREARMS: You will have to complete a mandatory criminal records check before your firearm can be returned. You will also have to provide a completed Department of Justice clearance letter to the Police Department before the firearm may be released; the paperwork to obtain the release is available on line through the bureau of firearms at the Department of Justice web page and at the Police Department.
WEAPONS SEIZED DUE TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 12028.5 PC
5150/ 8102 WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE
Although legal for recreational and medical use in California, marijuana is still classified as an illegal drug under federal law.
Return of marijuana sized during a criminal case or for safekeeping will require a court order.
In storage, marijuana can become contaminated and is especially subject to mold contamination. Ingestion of molds can be harmful to your health. If you insist on using previously stored marijuana, it is strongly recommended that you have it analyzed to ensure it is not contaminated.