U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon said Thursday in an opinion that government lawyers failed to prove the money was connected to illegal drugs, as it had claimed, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (http://bit.ly/12E1HlG) Saturday.
A Nebraska state trooper seized the money after a March 3 traffic stop on Interstate 80 near North Platte.
Police arrested a husband and wife in the car, who told officers that friends—Tasha and Rajat Mishra—had given them the money to invest in a New Jersey night club.
The two people were released without charges, but state officials kept the money, saying a drug-sniffing dog had indicated drug residue on the cash and the large amount indicated it was obtained in the illegal drug trade.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
There has GOT to be something done about these asset forfeiture laws.