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Published: Friday, May 11 2012 5:48 p.m. MDT

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

"asset forefeiture" is a racket, and one eagerly abused by the law enforcement system, who I understand get to keep the proceeds for their department(s).

In this case, it is highly likely that the money is from illicit activity, but it should be up to the government to prove that. And, the mere smell of drugs on money should not be cause for confiscation.

Have the cops take their drug sniffing dogs to any bank, and they will almost certainly get the same results there. Incredible amounts of cash have been inproximity to illegal drugs then returned to circulation. And, that is the money that you and I get when we cash our paychecks at the bank, or get change at the gas station.

If Grandma distrusts banks and want to keep her cash under the mattress, it is her right to do so, and the cops should not be seizing it unless they can prove she got it illegally.

Bust the drug dealers, sure, but it better be with more evidence than "the dogs smelled drugs on the money."

AmPatriot
Taylorsville, UT

The woman has proof of her claim of a settlement should be all that is needed to back up her ownership of the money.

Police have to prove otherwise and this is why this law of asset forfeiture must be repealed, it gives law enforcement to much incentive to become criminals. Law enforcement should not be allowed to use this law and confiscate assets or money until they can prove its source without the use of circumstantial assumptions. It must be with direct evidence related to a specific crime.

They should not be allowed to say it must have come from drugs, no one can have that much cash in their possession without it being illegal. Guess what, others have cash obtained and stored through legal means of saving so police accusation are criminally motivated. This also proves that police are corruptible and motivated by the same criminal greed and lies of those they prosecute.

The police will take this same money and put it back in to circulation or criminal stings to entrap other innocent citizens of possessing drug money. The possibilities are endless for how this kind of flimsy tainted evidence can be used against the public.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Oh, now I remember where I left my suitcase full of cash.

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