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I-Team: Lawsuit filed over freeway cash seizures


i-80 highway-thief

LAS VEGAS —  A lawsuit has been filed against the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department alleging deputies there are unlawfully seizing cash from motorists traveling on I-80 toward California.

One of the questionable stops was captured on dash-cam video.

Deputy Lee Dove can be observed and heard on the video as he talks with a driver he pulled over.

Deputy Lee Dove: “I just smelled weed. I know I did. I know I smelled weed.”

The Humboldt County deputy never finds weed in the car he’s searching after a traffic stop on I-80, but he does find $50,000 in cash and $10,000 in cashiers checks.

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