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Issue 04 – Septuagesima 2021

The Jungle

State V. One 1990 Honda Accord

Civil asset forfeiture up close.


In February of 2016, a sheriff’s deputy in Muskogee County, Oklahoma, pulled over a van for a broken taillight. Eventually a drug-sniffing dog was brought in and “alerted” on the van, giving the deputies probable cause to search it under the Fourth Amendment. 

The police didn’t find any drugs, but they did discover something else quite interesting: fifty-three thousand dollars in cash.

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C. J. Ciaramella