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Open Government Advocacy Project:
State, prosecutor and cops share $106,900 seized in illegal search
 

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n June 20, 2010, the Hunterdon County Democrat published an article by Lillian Shupe entitled "Appeals court: $100,000 in cash that smelled like marijuana, found in car, illegally seized by Readington Twp. police." As the title implies, the article concerned an Appellate Division decision that affirmed a lower court's ruling that Readington Police conducted an improper, warrantless search of a motor vehicle within which $106,900 in cash was found. After reading the article, I wondered: Whatever happened to the seized cash? An Open Public Records Act request to the Division of Criminal Justice revealed that the State of New Jersey filed a forfeiture action against the cash. The action was captioned "State of New Jersey v. $104,900 in United States Currency, Docket No. HUN-L-378-05." Then after nobody claimed the money, the state gave $25,197.60 (24%) to the Hunterdon County Prosecutor, $37,796.40 (36%) to the Readington Police Department and kept the remaining $41,906 (40%) for itself. The forfeiture default judgment and the distribution letters to the Hunterdon Prosecutor and the Readington Police are on-line here: John Paff, Chair New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project

 

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