Thursday, December 09, 2021

That's A Good Boy

 It seems that there is this dog, a trained working dog named Ballantine, who works for the Dallas PD, in their narcotics section, and is Dallas Love Field.  His job is to sniff out contraband in luggage.  By all accounts, he has an excellent sniffer.  Recently, though, he started a shit-storm when he sniffed out a bag and alerted his handler about contraband.

What was in the bag?  Cash.  Over $100K in cash.

The owner of the hag, a 25-year-old woman from Chicago, was not arrested.  By all accounts, she is not suspected of a crime.  Yet, her money was seized and may be subject to civil asset forfeiture.  Why?  It is not against the law to have cash.  It is not against the law to travel with cash.

I was a cop for a long time, and unless I could articulate a crime, I was unable to make a case.  My agency did not do civil asset forfeiture.

Unless the Dallas PD can articulate a crime that is tied to this money, they should return it to the woman with their abject apology.  Otherwise, they have committed a theft.

Oh, one final thought.  It's not the dog's fault.  He did his job.  Now, it's time for the Dallas PD to do the right thing.


Walter Cromer said...

This is fairly common for enforcement agencies in the states and I agree with you that they should apologize. The folks that seized it should go on leave without pay right before Christmas to teach them a lesson.

Steve said...

Wonder if one or two of those bills were used in snorting some cocaine.....that would probably be the reason the dog "sniffed" that suitcase.

Termite said...

When taking $10,000 or more across the border, it has to be declared and a CTR form filled out.

But I don't think CTRs are required for domestic flights.

Civil Asset forfeiture has gotten out of hand. It is time to rein it in.

Da Dog said...

What’s the difference in this and oppressive taxation (legalized theft)? At any moment the government can seize or freeze any assets you may own. No crime required.