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Dallas detectives seize $ 100,000 from woman at airport without charging her with a felony

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Dallas detectives seize $ 100,000 from woman at airport without charging her with a felony

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Two Dallas detectives searched a 25-year-old Chicago woman’s suitcase at Dallas Love Field on December 2 and seized more than $ 100,000 from the bag.

Detectives say they smelled drugs before searching the woman’s luggage without her permission, but did not arrest her or charge her with a felony. The woman was flying within the country and had a layover at the Dallas airport.

Forfeiture of civilian assets allows police to seize and then hold or sell property they claim to have been involved in a crime, leaving a person whose property was seized to go to court to attempt to recover it .

A K-9 cop alerted two Dallas Police Department detectives to a taped black suitcase secured with a lock.

The dog, named Ballentine, is trained to pick up the scents of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine.

A police report did not specify the city the suitcase was headed for, the Dallas Morning News reported.

However, the bag had to be transferred to another plane. According to the report, detectives felt they had to act quickly with a search warrant because it “would not be obtained in time and could place an excessive burden on passengers and / or airlines,” the report said.

According to the report, detectives found shipping bags wrapped in blankets containing $ 100, $ 50, $ 20, $ 10, $ 5 and $ 1 bills inside the suitcase. There were no clothes or other items in the luggage.

When detectives found the woman in the airport terminal, she told them she was a dancer who worked in real estate and had sold a house.

Convinced that the woman had obtained the money as part of a drug deal, detectives seized the money. The woman signed a property receipt for the money, police said. The police did not arrest the woman or charge her with a felony.

The Dallas Police Department celebrated the seizure on social media. A post on the ministry’s Facebook page showed Ballentine posing next to the money.

“We have to get him some treats!” The K-9 Ballentine officer starts again! On 12/22/21, the Love Field Interdiction Squad seized over $ 100,000 with assistance from Ballentine. Good job, Ballentine! the legend read.

Dallas Police Department.

The FBI has confirmed taking possession of the money.

Under Texas law, authorities can seize property without charging a person with a felony. Black Americans are disproportionately searched and targeted, according to a study from South Carolina.

Up to 80 percent of people whose assets are seized by authorities are never charged with a crime.

Institute for Justice attorney Dan Alban told CBS11 that while it is legal to travel with any amount of money around the country, agencies are considering flying large amounts of money. suspicious money.

“Unfortunately, both the TSA and the DEA have policies that treat what they consider large sums of money as suspected suspicious and indicative of criminal activity,” Alban said.

Travelers departing or flying to the United States must report cash amounts of at least $ 10,000.

Since 2000, $ 68 billion in civilian assets have been seized by the government, according to the Institute for Justice.

A spokesperson for the police department told CBS11: “The detectives assigned to Love Field are fully trained and experienced in various techniques and tactics of criminal interdiction, many of which were used in this incident. Due to the nature of this seizure, as well as the location where it occurred, it will be the subject of a follow-up investigation with our federal partners. “

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