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There have been 61,998 cash seizures made on highways and elsewhere since 9/11 without search warrants or indictments through the Equitable Sharing Program, totaling more than $2.5 billion. Half of the seizures were below $8,800.
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buy canada goose jacket cheap Agencies with police known to be participating in the Black Asphalt intelligence network have seen a 32 percent jump in seizures beginning in canada goose coats 2005, three times the rate of other police departments. Desert Snow trained officers reported more than $427 million in cash seizures during highway stops in just one five year period, according to company Canada Goose sale officials. More than 25,000 police have belonged to Black Asphalt, company officials said. buy canada goose jacket cheap
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Justice spokesman Peter Carr said the department had no comment on The Post’s overall findings. But he said the department has a compliance review process in place for the Equitable Sharing Program and attorneys for federal agencies must review canada goose store the seizures before they are “adopted” for inclusion in the program.
“Adoptions of state and local seizures when a state and local law enforcement agency requests a Canada Goose Online federal seizing agency to adopt a state and local seizure for federal forfeiture represent an average of only 3 percent of the total forfeiture amount since 2007,” Carr said.
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A 40 year old Hispanic carpenter from New Jersey was stopped on Interstate 95 in Virginia for having tinted windows. Police said he canada goose clearance appeared nervous and consented to a search. They took $18,000 that he said was meant to buy a used car. He had to hire a lawyer to get back his money.
Mandrel Stuart, a 35 year old African American owner of a small barbecue restaurant in Staunton, Va., was stunned when police took $17,550 from him during a stop in 2012 for a minor traffic infraction on Interstate 66 in Fairfax. He rejected a settlement with the government for half of his money and demanded a jury trial. He eventually got his canada goose uk shop money back but lost his business because Canada Goose Outlet he didn’t have the cash to pay his overhead.
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