Man’s Las Vegas casino winnings confiscated by police without any criminal chargesSubmitted by kevink on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 19:40
"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.