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Old 07-23-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Judge Orders $1 Million Returned to Exotic Dancer

A federal judge has ruled that Nebraska cops must return over $1 million confiscated at a traffic stop from a woman who saved the money $1 at a time during her 15 year career as an exotic dancer.

The money belongs to Tara Mishra, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who began putting aside her earnings when she started dancing at age 18, according to an opinion U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon wrote last week. The money was meant to start her business and get out of the stripping business, the judge wrote.

State troopers confiscated the money in March 2012 when they pulled over Rajesh and Marina Dheri, of Montville, N.J., for speeding in Nebraska, according to court documents. The Dheris are friends of Mishra and had been given the cash so they could buy a nightclub in New Jersey. Mishra would own half of the business and the Dheris would own the other half.

Mishra had packaged the money in $10,000 bundles tied with hair bands and placed in plastic bags, and it was stashed in the trunk of the Dheri's rented car, which the Dheris were driving to Chicago. When they were pulled over for speeding, a state trooper asked the Dheris if he could search their vehicle, which they allowed, Bataillon explained.

The state trooper found the money and after suspecting it was drug money took the Dheris into custody, according to the judge's opinion. But police did not find any evidence of drug activity in the car and a K-9 analysis found only trace elements of illegal drugs on the cash, according to Bataillon.

Neither Mishra nor the Dheris could not be reached for comment.

"The government failed to show a substantial connection between drugs and the money," Bataillon wrote in his opinion. "The dog sniff is inconsequential…The court finds the Mishras' story is credible…Ms. Mishra did have control over the money and directed the Dheris to deliver the money to New Jersey for the purchase of the business."

Bataillon ordered that Mishra receive cash or a check in the value of $1,074,000 with interest.

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She saved $66k a year?! **** me.
I take it that most of that money wasn't taxed.
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6 posts in and no request for pics of said stripper? I want to see the broad that rakes in enough to save $66k per year.
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I take it that most of that money wasn't taxed.
Yeah but that's also money that she was able to SAVE... which means she must have had a decent bit of spending/living money as well
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A million in low bills in the trunk of a car with trace amount of "drug residue". If a dog can pick it up, then you have probable cause. The dog does not tell you, oh I smell drugs but it is so trace that it's equivalent to what is typically found in anyone's wallet. The dog tells you that there is drug scent, couple that with seeing more cash than is typically reasonable for someone to have.

The dog hits and a million in someone's trunk is worth following up. Police were completely in the right and made it right in the end. Please cry more.
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Wasn't there a story about 90% of bills having traces of cocaine? With that much cash it's no wonder the dogs went off.

I have a buddy that's a stripper here in ATL at a prominent club. The amount of money a girl can make on a good night is phucking insane.
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A million in low bills in the trunk of a car with trace amount of "drug residue". If a dog can pick it up, then you have probable cause. The dog does not tell you, oh I smell drugs but it is so trace that it's equivalent to what is typically found in anyone's wallet. The dog tells you that there is drug scent, couple that with seeing more cash than is typically reasonable for someone to have.

The dog hits and a million in someone's trunk is worth following up. Police were completely in the right and made it right in the end. Please cry more.
Evidence of a crime is needed to seize property. That cash has drug residue is not evidence that the person with such cash acquired that cash illegally. Proof of a crime is needed not "well this person might have committed a crime but we have no evidence showing that at this time".

It is not illegal to transport large amounts of cash.
It is not illegal to be in possession of money which, at some point in it's circulation, was exposed to drugs.
It is not illegal to do both of those at the same time.

With no evidence that a crime has been committed by someone, there is no probable cause to seize their property. The appropriate action on the part of the police would have been to open an investigation if they felt it was likely that the money was part of a criminal activity. Not seize the money without probable cause. "This is unusual" is grounds to initiate contact, it isn't probable cause though. Feel free to read Terry v. Ohio for clarification on what constitutes probable cause.
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A million in low bills in the trunk of a car with trace amount of "drug residue". If a dog can pick it up, then you have probable cause. The dog does not tell you, oh I smell drugs but it is so trace that it's equivalent to what is typically found in anyone's wallet. The dog tells you that there is drug scent, couple that with seeing more cash than is typically reasonable for someone to have.

The dog hits and a million in someone's trunk is worth following up. Police were completely in the right and made it right in the end. Please cry more.
meh, a dog sniff search without warrant of a citizens property has already been ruled unconstitutional, the same should be said about car searches with dogs
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The search isn't the issue. The question is whether someone driving around with a million in small bills is so out of the ordinary that the police were right to detain the people and seize the money.
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How did she not get robbed in 15 years? Someone shady had to know she was stashing this. Also, who is picking up the tab for interest? Taxpayers?
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