Contraband Law and Legal Definition

Contraband refer to property that is illegal to possess or transport. It may be goods that are illegal to import or export and are attempted to be smuggled into a country. Contraband goods are usually subject to seizure by government officials.

Contraband may be property that is not in and of itself unlawful for a person to acquire or possess but that has been determined by a court to be contraband, because of its use in an unlawful activity or manner, of its nature, or if the circumstances of the person who acquires or possesses it. Contraband is also commonly defined by correctional facility regulations, which prohibit prisoners from possessing certain harmful or potentially dangerous items.