Thursday, January 21, 2016

It not news that the federal drug enforcement seizes all cash they can find, even illegally, but this time they harassed another federal cop

In May of 2014, Ronnie and Lisa Hankins were driving back from his grandfather’s funeral in Virginia when they were targeted by a gang of police officers in search of cash.

The traffic stop occurred west of Nashville, in Dickson County that's become well-known for a controversial practice known as "policing for profit." Drug interdiction agencies in that area target out-of-state drivers. Those agencies fund their operations under a state law that lets them seize cash from drivers based on the suspicion that it's drug money.

 As Lisa drove  westbound on I-40 heading back to California after the funeral, they saw a road block, the 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force, and Hankins correctly predicted that they were about to be pulled over.

Why? California plates driving in Tennessee, with a hispanic female driver.

For nearly an hour, cops held the innocent couple on the side of the interstate while they tore Lisa’s new car apart. They even went so far as to rip the dashboard out. They found no drugs.

But after finding no drugs, the truth came out — these cops weren’t looking for drugs at all — they wanted cash.

Ronnie Hankins is a federal police officer (Military Police) at the Marine Corps Air Station-Miramar in San Diego. So was I back in 1995-96.

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