Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Another Outrageous Cash Seizure Case

Here’s another blatantly unconstitutional asset forfeiture case, this time from Indiana. The police pull over two guys in a Jeep for speeding. And then:

In the Jeep’s back seat, police found more than $26,000 in cash wrapped in a stocking cap.

Though officers held the two men for a short time in squad cars, they were eventually released without charges, save for the driver receiving a citation for driving with a suspended license.

And the money? The police kept it.

Now here’s the absolutely insane part:

In the situation with the $26,000, police seized the money because the driver could not give an adequate reason for having that much money. First, the driver said it was to buy a car, according to the police report. Then, he said it came from working at various jobs. The passenger said he had no clue about the money.

Those factors allowed police to take the money.

“If it’s way, way over and above what a normal person will carry, and if things don’t add up (on how it was acquired), we take the money,” said Lt. Art Barile, head of the sheriff department’s vice and narcotics unit and the Allen County Drug Task Force, a multiagency unit run out of the sheriff’s department.

Probable cause? Silly rabbit, due process is for nations that don’t have a ridiculous paranoia about drugs. Whatever happened to the burden of proof? The 4th amendment is pretty clear that you cannot seize property without a warrant issued upon probable cause. This is simply theft, plain and simple. The government is committing a crime.