Police condicting unjust seizures of cash!
Se this article below. Lately I've been hearing far too many stories about people having cash confiscated from them based purely on suspicion of foul play, even in cases where there is no evidence whatsoever. I'm not familiar with the particulars of the case outlined below, but when they state that something "didn't add up", that translates to me as making legal decisions on a hunch. I wish they could have provided the person's name so I could contact him and ask where the money came from. This is state-sponsored larceny. If it turns out that the guy was indeed a big dope dealer, then it will look like everything was fine in what they did, but if he's innocent... there's the problem... they're spending this money before they even find out if he's guilty of a crime. That's not what our legal system is supposed to be. I post this to the CAPS site because such seizures seem to be on the rise, and I believe it's linked to the larger fiscal crisis facing this country... municipalities are having to get increasingly creative to fund themselves. Shame.
I have another case which I'll post here as well.
Christmas came early last year for a new Kimball County Sheriff's deputy.
Deputy Chris Engel, 25, had been on the job just two weeks when a routine traffic stop Dec. 20 turned into the biggest cash seizure the Nebraska county has ever seen.
Engel pulled over a Salt Lake City, Utah, resident whom he suspected of speeding on Interstate 80 near the town of Kimball.
The driver's story didn't add up, Engel said, so he did a little more investigating. In the end, $69,040 in cash was taken from the car. Officials suspect the money is connected to a drug-trafficking operation, he said.
The driver was not arrested — or even ticketed for going 10 mph over the 75 mph speed limit. (He was warned.) But the investigation is ongoing, Engel said. The Nebraska State Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Agency are assisting in the investigation.
It was the first big cash seizure Kimball County has seen, said Sheriff Tim Hanson. With Interstate 80 running through the Panhandle county, he believes there are ample opportunities to make a dent in drug operations. But in such a sparsely populated county with few resources, it has been difficult to devote deputies' time to patrolling the Interstate, he said.
"Chris is a very aggressive young deputy," Hanson said.
Investigators don't know if they will be able to connect the money to a drug operation, Hanson said, but the important work already has been done.
"The big thing is he grabbed 69 (thousand dollars) and took it away from them," Hanson said of the money seized. "That's going right straight to the heart of the matter."