Section 28-3-244Condemnation and delivery to board of liquors seized upon which federal tax has been paid and containers of which are unbroken or unopened.
Any liquors and beverages that are prohibited to be sold or otherwise disposed of in this state, including malt or brewed beverages, together with the vessels or other receptacles in which they are contained, that have been heretofore or may hereafter be seized by any officer of the state, county or municipal government, regardless of whether seized under the authority of a search warrant or not, upon which it appears that the federal tax has been paid, the federal stamp being located on the container being prima facie evidence thereof, and the containers of which appear to be unbroken or which appear to have never been opened after the placing thereon of the federal stamp or seal shall, upon a court order of forfeiture, be delivered immediately to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board at Montgomery, Alabama, or to a properly designated representative of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, whereupon said board or its representative shall determine the reasonable value thereof, and the amounts so determined by said board or its representative to be the reasonable value thereof shall be paid by the board to the clerk of the court in which such order of forfeiture was made. Any funds paid into court, as provided in this section, shall be applied first to the payment of the court costs in such case, and the balance, if any, shall be paid into the general fund of the municipality or county in which said case arose.
Condemnation proceedings against such liquors and beverages may be instituted in the circuit court of the county in which such liquors or beverages were seized by the State of Alabama, on the relation of the district attorney, and notice shall be given of the institution of such proceedings and of the day and place set for the hearing thereof to "all persons claiming any right, title or interest in such liquors and beverages" either by publication once a week for three successive weeks in some newspaper published in the county or by posting one notice at the courthouse door in said county for three weeks, at the discretion of the court; provided, that in the case of malt or brewed beverages, the provisions of this section shall apply only where a minimum of 100 cases of such beverages are seized and where the proceedings provided for in this section may be completed within 90 days after the brewing date of such beverages.
(Acts 1953, No. 835, p. 1126.)