No, not in the booze-related way. We’re talking about cashy money here.
SayUncle is outraged, and I can’t blame him.
Instead, the court ruled that the mere fact that Gonzolez was carrying a large sum of money, that he had difficulty understanding the officerâ€™s questions, that he incorrectly answered some of those questions (due, Gonzolez says, to fears that if police knew he was carrying that much money, they might confiscate it â€” imagine that!), and that a drug dog alerted to the car Gonzolez was driving (which, as dissenting judge Donald Lay noted, was a rental, likely driven by dozens of people before Gonzolez), was enough to â€œconvictâ€ the money of having drug ties, even if there wasnâ€™t enough evidence to charge Gonzolez.
We’re talking about $124,000 here, and this wasn’t some po-dunk backwater court either; it was the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Unless the Supreme Court picks this up and overturns it, well, I can’t imagine what the ramifications of this as precedent will be.
To understand just how messed up this situation is, one only needs to look at the case name: United States of America v. $124,700, in U.S. Currency.
The mind boggles.