- any goods which are illicit or illegal to possess
- goods which are prohibited from being traded, smuggled goods
- an escaped slave during the Civil War who was taken behind Union lines
- rfv-sense prohibited from being traded
#*1940 - The Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America: Having ... - Division of the Federal Register, the National Archives - Page 2191
#:"[...] when the seizure is made in connection with a violation involving a contraband article covered by section 1 (b) (1) of the said Act; [...]"
#*1953 - United States, United States. President, United States. Congress - United States Code Congressional and Administrative News - Page 2039
#:"The exclusion of mandatory payment of moieties for seizures of contraband controlled substances is accomplished through Section 17 of the bill, [...]"
#*1899 - Albert William Chaster - The Powers, Duties and Liabilities of Executive Officers as Between These ... - Stevens and Haynes - Page 55
#:"4. Contraband goods may be seized if found in a river before they are landed or offered for sale."