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Cops are seizing hundreds of millions of dollars from drivers and bragging about it in chat rooms

08
Sep
2014

This weekend, The Washington Post published a deeply reported look at highway interdiction, a controversial tactic that has allowed police to seize hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists without formally charging anyone with a crime. Typically, police will stop a driver under suspicion of drug trafficking, seize their cash as evidence, and refuse to return it without a legal challenge. Only one in six seizures were challenged, typically because of the high cost of legal assistance. Known as the Black Asphalt Electronic Networking and Notification System, the chat room has over 25,000 members spread across the country, most of whom are law enforcement officers.

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