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Man’s Las Vegas casino winnings confiscated by police without any criminal charges


"Everyday I do this. It's all I do for a living. It's drug interdiction and I get money."

WINNEMUCCA, NV — After a successful run at the casinos in Las Vegas, a man carrying a large sum of cash fell victim to a thieving police officer on his way back to California. Without charging him with a crime or even giving him a speeding ticket, the cop seized 50,000 and let him go. This practice of highway robbery is perfectly legal.


Deputy Dove is a skilled narcotics agent that knows that accusing someone of drug trafficking is all that is required to walk away with their money and property. The policy that enables him to do this is known as civil asset forfeiture. “How much money you got?” asks the deputy.

No drugs were found in the subsequent search. But that was no problem for the deputy. He had discovered Nguyen’s money — $50,000 in cash and $10,000 in cashier’s checks.

“That’s not yours, is it?” the deputy asked.

“That’s mine,” Nguyen responded.

“Well, I’m seizing it,” the deputy declared.


He goes on: “With everybody, that’s what I do because they don’t want the problems or the headaches so they abandon the money. They take what they’ve got in their wallet, or in this case cashiers checks, and they bolt.”

According to a subsequent lawsuit, Dove told Nguyen that he would be arrested unless he “got in his car and drove off and forgot this ever happened.”

“I don’t have all day to sit here debating it,” Dove impatiently stated. He took the money and let the driver go.

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US is not officially Mexico quality.

Seriously, no point denying it.

I have no polite way of saying how messed up that is


How does this not put the USA on par with the most corrupt

police forces of any country in the world?

In Moldova I was heard speaking English to my then, girlfriend. A police officer stopped us, was not happy with my passport and visa (at the time you need a visa to be in Moldova) and he demanded money for me not to go to jail for the weekend so that my passport could be verified by the US Embassy on Monday when it opened.

I had to pay him all of 200 Moldovan lei or $20, to stay out of jail.

I have an American friend who does business in Ukraine, renting halls for large events. Its all strictly legal but the common mode of business is cash. So when he comes from America to Ukraine he typically carries around $7,000 with him (less than the legal limit of $10,000).

On a recent visit Customs asked him if he was carrying any cash. He considered saying that he wasn't, but if they had checked him they would have been legally entitled to keep the money. So he admitted he was carrying a large amount. They took him to a small room where he was required to lay all the money on the table. The Customs Officers poked it a few times. Held it. Looked at it. Other officers entered the room. It seemed like they did not know what to do.

My friend, a little nervous, then calmly and quietly gathered all the money up except for two $100 bills, which he left plainly in the middle of the table. He then asked if he was free to go and they let him leave.

Eastern European police officers have well deserved reputation for being corrupt. But they actually seem less corrupt than officers in the USA who conduct themselves this way.


And the NSA spying makes Americans the most spied on people in world history. More people are waking up but not enough.

Reply from Winnemucca

I had emailed Ms. Dee Holzel who runs www.silverpinyon.com and she replied back with the following message:

Thank you for your note. I, too, think this is an important story -- not just for us in Winnemucca.

Just so you know, the money seized by Sgt. Dove is kept in a secret account. The DA's Office does the accounting on this secret account, which has no oversight nor is independently audited.

They SO uses the money, they say, to buy equipment and for two years have hosted a 420 drug-interdiction conference where they teach other law enforcement agencies their tactics. When they settled the two federal lawsuits, the money to settle was drawn from this account and the checks were signed by the deputy DA.

Now the county is involved in a third lawsuit, and I'm wondering how much could possibly be left in that secret account. How long before the money they use to settle these lawsuits is drawn from taxpayer accounts, as opposed to money they seized from highway travelers.

The DA's Office has declined to release any information on this secret account. After all, it's not taxpayer dollars. I have attempted to get the AG's Office to intervene, but they declined. When members of the Humboldt County community wrote letters of complaint to the AG's Office over this secret fund, the AG's Office turned the complaints -- along with the names and contact information of the complainants -- over to the Humboldt County DA's Office. This is no small matter in a little town where retribution is a very real thing.

I have verbally requested the financials from this secret account. The DA indicated he would turn them over, but did not.

So here's what's coming next. This week I'm putting my request in writing. If I still get no response, I am seriously considering going to court and filing a motion to compel for the release of the financials. Even though this is not taxpayer money they're sitting on, it is kept by public officials and used for public purposes. I believe they're sitting on the financials for political reasons.

Anyway, this is far from over.

Stay tuned,
Dee Holzel

Call a spade a spade.

Their proper name is corporate revenue enforcement agent or officer. They enforce corporate statutes, not law. Have no interaction with them. You will lose. They are an unconstitutional entity. They are part of the usurpation known as Admiralty law. This became official in the spring of 1933 under the traitor Roosevelt. Don't believe it? Where are the 7th Amendment courts? The lawyers & bankers were working on this since the days of Lincoln. That was the real purpose of creating Lincoln's bogus 13th Amendment. To supplant the real 13th Amendment which kept special interests out of our government.

welcome to the benefits of the drug war....

for the real criminals.

I brought this up a few weeks ago. Some individuals have received their money back after the cat got loose. A good website to follow on the seizures is www.silverpinyon.com which is from an independent journalist from Winnemucca. She digs for the dirty details and her site is respected in the Winnemucca area. The Humboldt County Sheriff is also famous for it's case that went to the Supreme Court that gave us the decision Hiibel v. Nevada.

Here is a post from a few weeks ago...

Where does that money end up

Where does that money end up after the police take it?


see the reply from

Ms Dee Holzel. She states that during her investigation, she discovered it was put in a "secret" account that the DA refuses to release information on.

Secret gov accounts with no

Secret gov accounts with no transparency regarding the money they confiscate is a sure sign that something nefarious is going on.


42 USC 1983

§1983. Civil action for deprivation of rights

Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer's judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.

It's a civil action so he should sue the officer personally.

See What the government is Spending?


42 USC 1983, blahhh...sue the officer in the courts of the State!? This isn't Kansas anymore.

Father - Husband - Son - Spirit - Consciousness

The man should be arrested and charged...

with impersonating an officer and robbery. Which political party is going to stop this insanity?

Hint: It's not Republican or Democrat.

Okay Bill3, tell us how Libertarian Morality allows the dumb to suffer.