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(McAllen Monitor)   Deputy with a million dollars in his truck opens with the "I found it" gambit. Police accept with the conventional "we'll let you go if we can keep it" move   (themonitor.com) divider line 58
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2007-01-14 05:50:11 PM
"It was highly unusual for someone to have that much cash," Schnall said.

Think about it sparky - underpaid cops + lax drug seizure laws/no independant oversight = X.

Solve for X.
 
2007-01-14 05:52:17 PM
I hate it when that happens.
 
2007-01-14 05:54:40 PM
"We're going to interview his close friends, if he has any," Treviño said.

Ouch.
 
2007-01-14 06:58:42 PM
From TFA:

Georgia troopers discovered the money in Sanchez's Ford F-350 after he was pulled over for an unspecified "moving violation" the night of Jan. 6, Schnall said. Sanchez was driving west on Interstate 20 between Temple and Villa Rica, Ga. - about 40 miles west of Atlanta.

Someone knew he had it, and when he tried to move it, they swooped in.

A million is a lot. People will actually go out of their way to follow your moves for that kind of money.
 
2007-01-14 09:41:30 PM
Is his nickname "Dirty"?
 
2007-01-14 09:42:14 PM
No 24 thread? W-T-F???

/threadjack mode off
 
2007-01-14 09:42:38 PM
Troopers later called a K-9 unit to the scene, and the dog alerted them to suspicious material inside the car.

So, they're trained to alert on money now? Or just the coke on all the money? Or when the handler pulls on the leash?
 
2007-01-14 09:43:43 PM
home.comcast.net
"What do you expect? I put my life on the line every day and the county only puts up the cash for one bullet."
 
2007-01-14 09:44:50 PM
I always wonder why people (especially those hiding stuff) agree to let police search their vehicles. Sure, the cops can probably make up some BS excuse to do so anyway, but at least that can be challenged in court. Consent has to be harder to dispute.
 
2007-01-14 09:47:07 PM
He found the money at a Hooters, laying right next to a Toyota, no doubt.
 
2007-01-14 09:47:33 PM
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Troopers later called a K-9 unit to the scene..
 
2007-01-14 09:47:37 PM
Krumet: So, they're trained to alert on money now? Or just the coke on all the money? Or when the handler pulls on the leash?

They're trained to alert on EVERYTHING.
 
2007-01-14 09:48:35 PM
"Since Treviño took office in January 2005, at least five sheriff's office employees have been under criminal investigation."

Sounds like Treviño's either criminally connected or criminally inept.
 
2007-01-14 09:48:36 PM
Maybe they don't consent and the police just search anyway and say they did?
 
2007-01-14 09:49:46 PM
I'm surprised the cops randomly stopped and searched another cop. There has to be something more to this.
 
2007-01-14 09:54:24 PM
They're trained to alert on EVERYTHING.

Actually, no. I heard once about coke dealers, caught red-handed by the dog, acquitted after successfully arguing that the dog, over the course of its career, gave off too many false positives, meaning that the dog's word could not be trusted.
 
2007-01-14 09:55:34 PM
Krumet

Troopers later called a K-9 unit to the scene, and the dog alerted them to suspicious material inside the car.

"So, they're trained to alert on money now? Or just the coke on all the money? Or when the handler pulls on the leash?"

DINGDINGDING! we have a winner!

Can we achieve the crooked cops (like there's any other kind) stealing from suspects trifecta?

Surely you realize that having anything valuable that the pigs can sieze/steal automatically makes you a criminal/terrarist with no rights?
 
2007-01-14 09:55:43 PM
balthan: Sure, the cops can probably make up some BS excuse to do so anyway, but at least that can be challenged in court.

Apparently, according to TFA at least, in Georgia all it'd take was a K9 unit. Cram a treat into the car's wheelwell and the dog would go nuts. Voila, instant search warrant.

Personally, I've consented to searches before, but never had anything to hide. Cops always seemed a little pissed off when they realized they just wasted their time.

That's probably why I'll do it in the future too - if I can keep Officer Fife tied up searching my car for something that only exists in his barely-working grey matter, and therefore unable to write cash-cow tickets for at least a little while... haven't I just done everyone a service?
 
2007-01-14 09:55:45 PM
Why exactly is it legal to have 950k and to conceal it any way you want? I don't understand how they can confiscate it without charging him with a single crime.
 
2007-01-14 09:57:02 PM
Dirty cop?
Oh, that's a hangin'!
/better pin it on him as dirty money, though
//he may have saved it up
///not unpossible.
 
2007-01-14 09:57:43 PM
change that legal to illegal...
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2007-01-14 09:58:28 PM
I'm surprised the cops randomly stopped and searched another cop. There has to be something more to this.

He was way out of his jurisdiction. Ever see Smokey and the Bandit? Ever notice that Fark doesn't like the cite HTML tag any more and I have to use <i> instead to indicate a title?
 
2007-01-14 09:59:09 PM
proleboy: There has to be something more to this.

My guess is they asked for "their taste of the action", and he declined.
 
2007-01-14 09:59:28 PM
"I don't understand how they can confiscate it without charging him with a single crime."

you new to America, boy?
 
2007-01-14 09:59:40 PM
QUICK!!! Everybody run down to the local Hooters and look behind the building!!!
 
2007-01-14 10:00:02 PM
also, a little sodium hydroxide goes a long way when you actually do launder your money.
/soak it in a mild bleach solution
//iron it dry and flat
///pack it where they ain't gonna find it.
Not in your car, when it flipps and scatters bills everywhere.
 
2007-01-14 10:02:36 PM
A gutted laptop can conceal a lot of flat cash, ya know.
This guy was a redneck, and lowlife.
You want to keep it on the fly, ready, and clean.
 
2007-01-14 10:02:42 PM
NickelP

Why exactly is it legal to have 950k and to conceal it any way you want? I don't understand how they can confiscate it without charging him with a single crime.

Because forfeiture laws are wacky like that.
 
2007-01-14 10:03:36 PM
The dog doesn't have to do anything for the cop to say "There's an alert".

Seriously, the cop can call ball-licking a positive response to cocaine.

/dude...wait, what?
 
2007-01-14 10:12:24 PM
It is the IRS this guy really has to look out for. Remember how they finally got Al Capone on tax evasion charges?
 
2007-01-14 10:13:34 PM
I'D PAY 1 MILLION DOLLARS FOR SOMEONE TO TELL ME WHERE THE HELL IS THE 24 THREAD?!
 
2007-01-14 10:19:47 PM
Cops suck. If they spent half the time busting skinners as they do busting honest potheads, the world would be a better place.
 
2007-01-14 10:20:56 PM
I suspect this deputy got the bucks at a drug bust. Later, one of the perps said something about the money to another cop. Who then said nothing to our cop.

Those cops were then watching our deputy like a hawk, suspecting (rightly so) that he'd try to hide the loot far, far away.

The minute he drove out of town, they were there with the "undisclosed moving violation" (driving with a million dollars) stop. And he loses it all, except for the $50k that is still out there.



What could he have done differently?

1) Not take it all in one trip. All eggs in one basket etc.

2) Take a dry run the first time!

3) Hide it *very* well at home. In numerous places.

4) Take it seriously that it's a MILLION DOLLARS and act like it.

5) Assume that he isn't fooling everyone. And that he is being watched.


/you wait. When I get MY million, nobody's gonna know except when I start acting like a bigshot and sponsor all liters to a year of totalFark.
 
2007-01-14 10:24:16 PM
ASCII stupid question

http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=2540357

1 million dollars please. (Oh, it's TF only for now.)
 
2007-01-14 10:25:16 PM
Oh, found the liter version. I'm an idiot.

http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=2540327
 
2007-01-14 10:25:31 PM
you all assume the deputy was clean and went dirty.

We're talking Hidalgo county, where the deputies got into a gunbattle with Mexican military last year.

My money's on the deputy was working with the Sinaloans and somebody fingered him to the Feds so they used a traffic stop to build probable cause.

The bastards work it the same way all the time.
 
2007-01-14 10:46:50 PM
studebaker hoch: Someone knew he had it, and when he tried to move it, they swooped in.

Bingo.
 
2007-01-14 10:49:22 PM
tx kbye :)
 
2007-01-14 10:49:41 PM
"I have not been told that anyone else in my department is involved in this," Treviño said.

So that means that you have been told that someone else in your deptartment is involved? I'm confused.
 
2007-01-14 11:31:02 PM
The police will confiscate as little as 8-10k, which is what some people carry back "Home" from El Norte after working dirty, low wage jobs all year long to support their famlies. Sucks to be DWH as well as DWB in southern states, as the cops and even the courts have developed a "Guilty until proven innocent" attitude.
This is not one of those cases, and the money involved screams drugs, corruption and dirty cops, another example of the losing battle against a lost cause war. Take out the profit, corruption, and graft involved in this war and tax it, let Darwin sort it out for the real Farktards!
 
2007-01-14 11:37:26 PM
lelio

"I have not been told that anyone else in my department is involved in this," Treviño said.

So that means that you have been told that someone else in your deptartment is involved? I'm confused.


Likely you are reading a double negative that does not exist. You've been exposed to so many that you see them, even when they aren't there. Sad, but understandable.
 
2007-01-14 11:40:15 PM
ZAZ: He was way out of his jurisdiction. Ever see Smokey and the Bandit? Ever notice that Fark doesn't like the cite HTML tag any more and I have to use <i> instead to indicate a title?

Also, it was State Police vs Sheriff Moneybags.
 
2007-01-14 11:46:00 PM
How do you pronounce "Hidalgo" such that the story feels the need to precede it with "an" rather than "a"?
 
2007-01-14 11:50:33 PM
So how much money IS a million dollars?

Assume you have it all in 20s:

1000000 dollars / 20 (dollars/bill) = 50000 bills.

OK now say you have the money in those 100-bill bundles wrapped in paper like the banks use. How many bundles is that?

50000 bills / 100 (bills/bundle) = 500 bundles.

Now say (I'm just guessing on this one) that one of those cool litle bundles is half an inch high. 24 half inches in a foot, right?

If you stacked all the bundles, how many feet high would it go?

500 bundles / 24 (bundles/foot) = nearly 21 feet high.

Give me a break. A million bucks in 20s is a stack of money over 20 feet high. That's a lot of volume to try do just discretely sneak out of town.

/Looks like I'm going to have to get my million dollars in hundreds. Four foot stack. Much easier.
 
2007-01-14 11:52:22 PM
"In August, detention officer Pedro Longoria was arrested and fired after a Louisiana state trooper allegedly found 66 pounds of cocaine in his vehicle's gas tank."

Well, ::sniff:: that explains why it burned more than usual.
 
2007-01-14 11:55:35 PM
What? Only one person (Driver) made reference to the Dirty Sanchez? I'm disappointed.
 
2007-01-15 12:02:41 AM
ASCII stupid question: I'D PAY 1 MILLION DOLLARS FOR SOMEONE TO TELL ME WHERE THE HELL IS THE 24 THREAD?!

It's in the shiatter, just like the series.
 
2007-01-15 12:04:22 AM
Fred Garvin, you are an ass.

How dare you state that every police officer is corrupt. In over 20 years on the job I have never taken money, nor has my partner. I have never beaten anyone, shook anyone down, or engaged in any criminal activity. In fact, the vast majority of the people I work with are just as honest. I've buried friends who were some of the most decent human beings you could imagine, who sacrificed themselves for others. Despite what many idiots out there think, few people in law enforcement get into it for any kind of a power rush.

I'm sure you probably sit in an office, safe somewhere and insulated from the world and any actual threat of harm to your own person. Or more likely, sitting in your mother's basement fapping off to episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and wondering what you will do with yourself when the free ride is over. You should thank whatever entity you may believe in that others are willing to risk their lives and safety to provide you shelter from the very real threats to your well being that exist.

Making blanket statements that an entire profession is composed of people willing to violate their oaths prove that you are nothing but garbage wrapped in flesh.

Have a nice day. And one of these years, go out to Washington D.C. in May for Law Enforcement Memorial Week.
 
2007-01-15 12:06:25 AM
Sounds to me like the guy worked hard all his life and saved his money for retirement - which he now has done since he quit his job. Then, the crooked cops go and confiscate it from him, even though he did nothing wrong. Sounds very screwed up to me.

/just offering an alternative theory
//for entertainment purposes only
 
2007-01-15 12:59:13 AM
I'm from Hidalgo county, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies...

but seriously, I do live in the same county as the deputy mentioned in the article. Sadly, that's about par for the course around here. Of course there are the good ones out there, but there is so much corruption and so many power-hungry bastards in our public service positions that its not even funny.
 
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