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What Will They Seize Next?
Yesterday, it was your property; today it's dollar bills stuffed in your bra -- with no proof, only the suspicion, that they were drug money. Shelley Murphy writes in the Boston Globe:

A Quincy woman who tried to board a plane at Logan International Airport in February with $46,950 stuffed inside her bra says she was heading to Texas for plastic surgery on her buttocks and breast.

But, in a lawsuit filed yesterday, Ileana Valdez said a male Drug Enforcement Administration agent told her she had a ''nice body" and didn't need any surgery -- then seized the cash, claiming it was drug money.

Valdez, 26, a single mother who was born in the Dominican Republic and is a US citizen, is petitioning to get the cash back in the suit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston against the DEA. Her suit says she has no criminal record.

''How can you make a determination that people don't need cosmetic surgery?" said Boston lawyer Tony V. Blaize, who filed the suit on behalf of Valdez. ''I can't tell Michael Jackson he doesn't need more plastic surgery, even though I don't think he does."

via Obscure Store

Posted by aalkon at June 24, 2005 7:05 AM

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This isn't new. If you've been following police abuse and misconduct cases, you'll have found that the seizure of cash is common.

And no, it's not right, by any standard.

Posted by: Radwaste at June 25, 2005 10:12 AM

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