According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a Nevada state trooper stopped Straughn Gorman's motor home on Interstate 80 in January 2013 for allegedly driving too slow.
Comment: It's worth noting that it took this man over 2 years to get his money back. Most people would not be able to afford to hire an attorney to fight for them for that long. The government counts on that, and that is why civil forfeiture is a scam by our government:
- Civil forfeiture: How the police get away with taking your stuff without charging you with a crime
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- IRS seizes hundreds of perfectly legal bank accounts, refuses to give money back
- Cash for cops: How civil forfeiture laws are used to enrich police departments
- Civil asset forfeiture: Only the rich can afford to keep their homes
After Gorman declined to let the trooper search his vehicle, the trooper let him go without a citation. But the trooper radioed ahead for a Elko County sheriff's deputy to perform a second stop with a drug-sniffing dog.
The dog alerted the deputy to something suspicious in the motor home, and $167,000 was found hidden throughout the vehicle. Gorman's money was turned over to federal authorities to initiate civil forfeiture proceedings, but he was never charged with a crime.