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bills-cash-collection-47344-300x212In the early hours of January 10, 2017, Zhimin Peng of Chicago was traveling through Boone County, Missouri when he was pulled over by Deputy Patrick Richardson. Peng had been driving his rental car at 94 mph. Together with Peng in the car was Ting Wei Huang. They told Richardson that they were on a short break from college and were traveling from Chicago to San Francisco.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Halford soon joined Richardson. Halford obtained permission to search Huang’s possessions. When Halford opened a bag in the trunk, he saw it contained a large amount of cash. Another officer, Kevin Purdy of the Columbia Police Department arrived with his drug dog, Duncan; the dog alerted officers to the odor of narcotics in several bags in the trunk. The bags contained nearly $627,000 in cash.
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adult-artisan-blueprint-544965-300x200Authorities have arrested 20 building contractors in Pasco County, Florida for suspected workers’ compensation violations as well as not being licensed.

Investigators used a house at 7538 Redcoat Ave in New Port Richey for their sting operation. The house was ideal as it needs extensive remodeling. Investigators advertised asking for bids to complete work on the house. They then checked on the contractors who applied and discovered that the majority of them were unlicensed and were also operating without workers’ compensation insurance. The sting operation ran from September 11-15 and resulting in the 20 arrests.
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crime-scene-tape-300x200Antwoine Shane Brown of Miami, Florida was arrested last week for allegedly defrauding six people on Craigslist by taking payments for heavy equipment and a classic car, but never delivering the goods.

Brown, 24, is charged with grand theft, defrauding a financial institution, money laundering and other charges. He is being held at Broward County Jail on $145,000. The press did not name an attorney for Brown.

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school-blackboard-300x201Dustin Roy Garvin of Coral Springs, Florida was arrested on October 2 for allegedly attempting to solicit a minor for sex on Craigslist.

Garvin, 32, is charged with using a computer to solicit sex from a child. His bond was set at $35,000 during his first-appearance hearing on Wednesday afternoon. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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automotive-bmw-car-113176-300x200Shortly after unveiling reforms to civil forfeiture procedures in Suffolk County on Long Island, New York, a class-action lawsuit was filed against the county. The lawsuit argues that the county has been inappropriately disposing of vehicles seized using civil asset forfeiture.

Civil asset forfeiture is the legal process where law enforcement may take possession of an individual’s property if that property is suspected of being involved in a crime. In most states, neither a criminal conviction nor even criminal charges are required in order for property to be seized. In New York, 60 percent of the proceeds from civil asset forfeitures go to law enforcement. There is little oversight on how this money is spent. This has led to criticisms from across the political spectrum that law enforcement has an incentive to seize property.
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