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DPS announces series of cash seizures, arrests

by Lauren Misak - Sept. 4, 2009 08:32 PM
The Arizona Republic
State authorities seized $1.3 million in cash in seven vehicle stops over the past two weeks.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety announced Friday a series of arrests and investigations in connection with the seized money:

• On Aug. 24, authorities arrested Edgar Antonio Gaxiola-Ochoa.He was stopped for a traffic violation when officials say their police dog found 46 bundles of cash totaling $597,640 inside the vehicle.

• A commercial vehicle was pulled over for vehicle violations Aug. 24. A police dog identified $548,000stuffed in duffle bags and placed in compartments in the truck trailer. The driver was released pending investigation.

• DPS officers pulled over a car speeding Aug. 24 and found two stacks of cash wrapped in plastic bags under the back seat. DPS collected $20,000. Cuauhtemoc Dominguez was booked on charges of money laundering.

• Leopold Barraza was pulled over for a vehicle equipment violation Aug. 31. Officers said they found $15,720 in a Dillard's bag in his pocket. They took his vehicle and cash
 

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Interesting that the truck driver was released! Hell they are only out there working hard to have the American dream of a better life for their family. Let's all have some compassion and have a protest at DPSHQ there just might be a brown violation here. Quick somebody call Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson along with LaRaza and the ACLU.
 

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• A commercial vehicle was pulled over for vehicle violations Aug. 24. A police dog identified $548,000stuffed in duffle bags and placed in compartments in the truck trailer. The driver was released pending investigation.
The joy of the Rico act is that it totally ignores the constitutionality of siezures. You guys should read up on the late 1980s too early 1990s applications of the Rico Act. There are people who lost everything who still have not been charged with a crime.

I used to carry cash for my parent's grocery store as often as twice a week for cashing payroll checks in the store. As much as $75K. (Don't mind talking about it since he sold the store a few years ago.) I can just imagine some over zealous cop seizing that money because he could not believe a teen/20s kid would have a legitimate reason to be carrying that much cash. Fortunately I was never stopped or hassled when I made our cash run, but it would have probably put us out of business to get ripped off by the cops.

The Rico act allows for the siezure of cash and property without proof of a crime other than the existance of the cash and property. I'm not kidding.

The Rico act has also been applied in guilt by association situations as well.
 
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