JJ Luna

Carrying Cash Update

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Greetings, The attached address is from the NPR site. It outlines a story broadcast today titled "Seized Drug Assets Pad Police Budgets". Some police departments near USA borders are thriving from seizing property, including cash. They are motivated to bring in the cash for funding new equipment purchases and interdepartmental task forces. Here is a quote:

"In civil forfeiture, the government seizes the property — in this case, the currency — without ever charging the person with a crime. The government must show by a preponderance of the evidence that the money is dirty; then it's up to the owner to prove that his cash is clean. To defend the money requires hiring a lawyer, who often charges more than the amount of the seized cash."

I am not anti-police nor anti-government, however, I see this arrangement as highly problematic when traveling or purchasing cars out of area.

URL #1: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91490480

JJ Luna Responds:

I doubt that you will have any problem in Oregon.
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