California Code, Health and Safety Code - HSC § 11501

The State of California, or any political subdivision thereof, may maintain an action against any person or persons engaged in the unlawful sale of controlled substances for the recovery of any public funds paid over to such person or persons in the course of any investigation of violations of this division.  All proceedings under this section shall be instituted in the superior court of the county where the funds were paid over, where the sale was made, or where the defendant resides.  Notwithstanding Section 483.010 of the Code of Civil Procedure , in any action under this section, a writ of attachment may be issued, without the showing required by Section 485.010 of the Code of Civil Procedure , in the manner provided by Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 485.010 ) of Title 6.5 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure to attach any funds paid over or any other funds on the defendant's person at the time of his arrest.

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