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A Car “Smelled Like Marijuana.” So, the Police Deparment Confiscated the Car.

Written by Gary North on July 16, 2012

The aroma of marijuana is the aroma of money for police departments. The cops can smell it everywhere.

A Virginia man made a wrong turn in Washington, D.C. A cop stopped him. Then the cop smelled marijuana. Anyway, that’s what he told his superiors.

He made a search. He found a gun.

So, he confiscated the car.

He did not find any marijuana.

The man who made the wrong turn wants his car back. Sorry, no can do. That will take a $1,200 payment to the government. Please do not think of this as a bribe. Do not think of this as ransom. Think of it as the criminal justice system. When you think “justice system” think “criminal.”

It’s all legal. It is called civil asset forfeiture. Police departments use it as a way to generate income. The words “aroma of marijuana” mean “aroma of police department income.”

The young man was acquitted. He broke no laws. But the government will not return his 2007 car. It has been  year.

He was told that he had to pay $1,200 to file a law suit to get back his car.

He was not told that he could post a $1,000 bond.

After learning that this was possible, Simms attempted to apply for a waiver, and was told that he would have to get the application notarized and provide three years of tax returns. After doing so, Simms was informed that his waiver was denied, and the bond – essentially, a ransom demand for an amount he would lose if the thieves ratified their theft of his car – would be reduced to $800.

He filed a lawsuit. He Was told that this could take a year.

A federal judge ruled that he had been caused irreparable harm. But the man still owes the District a $1000 forfeiture bond until the local judge ruled.

This is justice in America.

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10 thoughts on “A Car “Smelled Like Marijuana.” So, the Police Deparment Confiscated the Car.

  1. It is becoming evident what the "war on drugs" is all about. It's just like the "war on terrorism,' and the "war on poverty." It is designed to suck up more money on the pretense of accmplishing something that the authorities have never had any intention of doing.

    If Obama and Nancy Pelosi had been in office in 1941, we would still be fighting the "War on Nazism." We would be told that we need to pay more taxes and do without DECENT health care to defeat the Nazis.

  2. This is way I will not go to New York or DC or the other Dumb ass large citys.

  3. Welcome to the USSA

  4. Max Penn says:

    Sadly it is we the people that put everyone of the nuts in power. The question is do we the people have the smarts to replace them?? I think not.

  5. Gustapo?? Time to load and unlock.

  6. This is justice under a justice department populated by liberal lawyers who see this as a way to genereate business for them too. This is the Obama transparent justice system, it is criminal just like hime not owing up to manipulating the foreign student scholarship funds as a "Kenyan" to get through college and having a falsified Hawain birth certificate. Wonder what else the rest of his WH staff have in their history file? I'll even bet the young man stiffed was white and thus could not get the "usual breaks" afforded a minority like Obama's uncle and auntie niether of who are US citizens and here illegally. Prove me wrong! Wanna take the bet?

  7. As a police officer of over 25 years I am and have been opposed to this type of judicial behavior. Once the suspect has been cleard of any criminal intent or complicity his property should be returned to him at the earliest convenience. Holding an idividuals property hostage after being cleared of criminal charges is the same as taking his constitutional rights away. If the police / prosecutor lost the case then they need to go back to square one and try again. But their failure to successfully prosecute a case is not the alleged criminals responsibility. If the police lose a case then the property seized should be returned, (given of course that it is not drugs or stolen property etc.) Why should the now victim be penalized for the failure of the police to successfully prosecute its case?

    This is one situation that really needs to be addressed after the Obama debacle is resolved. We already know that our judicial system is left wanting and in need of a major overhaul. We also know that our Congress and Senate are in dire need of strong leaders. Our system has been seriously corrupted and will require more than a band-aid to fix it.

  8. USA Born & Raised says:

    It all starts at the polls. Take everything back. One vote at a time, one election at a time. It is time for all good men to stand up. It is time to take our country back to the vision that our founding father saw for our country. Back to a belief in God and justice for all.

  9. Texas Chris says:

    $1,200 to get my car back? Okay! No problem!

    Tomorrow night I will go out and do $1,200 worth of damage to city property. Street lights, traffic lights, signs, benches, sidewalks, windows of public buildings…

    The city where I live put in redlight cameras. Two weeks after they were turned on, about half of them were shot out. They were $3,800 each to replace. We don't have red light cameras any more.

    Redneck justice.

  10. They don't call it the District of Criminals for nothing.