You know the world has officially lost the plot when you hear that police can now legally take money from people just because they carry it in a grocery bag.
That is exactly what happened to Air Force veteran, Mark A. Brewer, who had $63,530 in his car in grocery bags and was stopped by police for a traffic violation back in 2011, and then saw officials seize the money, refusing to return it.
The fact that the US Circuit Court have ruled that is absolutely legal and police can stop anyone and take their cash as long as they claim it is suspected drug money citing ‘civil forfeiture’ is even more mind boggling.
Police dogs smelt marijuana on former military police officer and weapons specialist Brewer’s cash and despite officers failing to find any trace of the drug in either his home or car, they seized the money and have refused to return the disabled veteran’s savings, which he collected from his disability payments and previous payments from the Air Force, intending to use it as a house deposit.
The Eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the original ruling and Judge Bobby E. Shepherd claimed:
The record here does not make clear whether the seized currency constitutes property used to facilitate a drug offense or proceeds from a drug offense.
For the purposes of analysis, however, we will assume that the currency facilitated a drug offense and is thus subject to [to be seized].Advertisement
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