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BP Agents Seize $50-Thousand Hidden in Secret Compartment
KVIA ^ | April 23, 2009

Posted on 04/24/2009 12:00:26 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Border Patrol agents stationed at the Highway 70 Checkpoint seized $50,000 hidden inside a vehicle's hidden compartment, officials said.

Officials referred to the cash as "drug-contaminated currency" in a news release. The seizure was made Wednesday afternoon when the driver of a dark gray Acura was detained for a secondary inspection of his vehicle.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted agents to the hidden compartment within the vehicle. The vehicle and currency were seized and turned over to the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) in Las Cruces.

The driver was released pending further investigation and was not identified.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: crime; newmexico

1 posted on 04/24/2009 12:00:26 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I read somewhere that all currency is drug-contaminated


2 posted on 04/24/2009 12:04:51 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out (click my name)
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To: nickcarraway

NOT BP agents.


3 posted on 04/24/2009 12:08:53 AM PDT by Ajnin
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To: nickcarraway
The driver was released pending further investigation and was not identified.

I sure wish I knew how to get our government to treat me like that.

4 posted on 04/24/2009 12:09:07 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: nickcarraway
A drug money-sniffing dog alerted agents...
5 posted on 04/24/2009 12:09:18 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Prokopton

Maybe if you started smuggling illegal aliens, it would be a start.


6 posted on 04/24/2009 12:10:32 AM PDT by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: Ajnin

BEST used to refer to POE inspectors not Border Patrol. Of course in today’s faggot infested potlitically correct asshat DHS maybe it does refer to the Border patrol.


7 posted on 04/24/2009 12:12:32 AM PDT by Ajnin
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To: Ezekiel

lol


8 posted on 04/24/2009 12:15:30 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: nickcarraway

If he only would have signed up at Bank of America, he could have wired that money out.

Does it bother anyone else that U.S. citizens can’t take cash out of the nation if they want to.

Seriously, shouldn’t you be able to take $50k out of the U.S. in your car if you want to?

I would assume that this money is drug money, but neither I or the border patrol truly knows for sure. Well they’ve got it. End of story.

Try carrying cash out of the U.S. on a flight. They agents will own it faster than you can take a leak.


9 posted on 04/24/2009 1:19:16 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Did you see that this was a border check? It read like an interior checkpoint to me. Maybe this was drug related but it also says you or I can't carry large sums of money, hidden without it being taken until proved innocent. I don't like this at all. If there was evidence he would not have been released.
10 posted on 04/24/2009 1:42:21 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: nickcarraway
The driver was released pending further investigation and was not identified.

Catch and release but hold their money?

11 posted on 04/24/2009 3:25:16 AM PDT by sausageseller (http://coolblue.typepad.com/the_cool_blue_blog/)
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe if you started smuggling illegal aliens, it would be a start.

Hey! There ya go!
A hound that can smell jalapenos or bad manners.
Just what we need!


12 posted on 04/24/2009 3:28:03 AM PDT by djf (Live quiet. Dream loud.)
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To: CindyDawg

It is a way to have executive punishment outside of any judicial restraint. It should be unconstitutional.

All administrative law is aimed at collecting money, not reducing/punishing real crime.


13 posted on 04/24/2009 3:29:15 AM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
I read somewhere that all currency is drug-contaminated

Some years ago, back in the mid 1990's IIRC, the Treasury Department released a report that said 80% of all $20's, $50's and $100's in circulation had cocaine residue on them. There were quite a few less than honest police departments around the country that used this tactic to seize large amounts of cash in traffic stops. Two that I remember who were doing this were Volusia County in Florida and St. Martin's Parish in Louisiana. Not saying that this is the situation here, but it has been known to happen.

14 posted on 04/24/2009 4:33:34 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (Government is not the solution to the problem. Government IS the problem - Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Prokopton
The driver was released pending further investigation and was not identified.

I sure wish I knew how to get our government to treat me like that.

But please note that he was released WITHOUT the money. That's part of the WOD/Asset Foreiture rulings by the SCOTUS. If that money was legally his, the only way to get it back is to post a cash bond (I believe 10%) and then hire a lawyer and "prove" that the money was legally earned.

The reason that the driver was released was because they simply didn't have enough evidence to arrest him, and have to let him go because of habeus corpus. But they can keep the money because they arrested it, and since money isn't a person, it doesn't have Constitutional rights. As crazy as this sounds, that's the "legal thought and ruling" behind the asset forfeiture laws.

Mark

15 posted on 04/24/2009 4:38:34 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: CindyDawg
Maybe this was drug related but it also says you or I can't carry large sums of money, hidden without it being taken until proved innocent. I don't like this at all. If there was evidence he would not have been released.

Just a part of the War on Drugs.

Mark

16 posted on 04/24/2009 4:40:29 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: sausageseller
Catch and release but hold their money?

See my post #15.

Mark

17 posted on 04/24/2009 4:41:06 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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"But they can keep the money because they arrested it, and since money isn't a person, it doesn't have Constitutional rights."

He should tell them it's the money he saved by switching to GEICO!

18 posted on 04/24/2009 4:43:31 AM PDT by liberateUS
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To: MarkL

One of my friends lost a private plane that way. He was not charged. His plane was “guilty”, liberated, and sold at an auction. He was even offered the option to buy it back. Funny how that works.


19 posted on 04/24/2009 8:10:13 AM PDT by seemoAR
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To: CindyDawg

Cindy, I may have noticed that, but I did address it as if it were a border crossing. I shouldn’t have.

I wonder if it dawns on these geniuses that anyone traveling with large sums of money might want to hide it away so it isn’t stolen.

Look, it may be drug money. I still don’t think you steal someone’s money unless you know what the facts are. These guys are simply taking the money without cause.

What would be the difference if they walked up to someone leaving a bank, and stuck a gun in their ribs?

I don’t like it either.


20 posted on 04/24/2009 10:17:12 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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To: MarkL

When you have to bend the law that much to do what you’re doing, then the law has broken down and there simply isn’t any law. This is essentially vigilante justice. On a whim the border patrol does what they want because they want to. And that’s what we have here. Heck, some fancy pants ruling can cover their ass later.


21 posted on 04/24/2009 10:21:32 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Pres__ent Obama's own grandmother says he was born in Kenya. She was there.)
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