Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Thousands in cash seized from road rage incident

The Vancouver Sun is reporting that "A Saturday confrontation outside a McDonald’s at the southwestern end of Williams Lake led to a pair of a arrests and a lucrative discovery. Police say they were called just after 8 a.m. Saturday morning to the restaurant at 1323 Broadway Avenue South where they found two men involved in “an escalating road rage incident.” The Mounties were told one man may have brandished a knife. The men were arrested and after a search of a vehicle, police say they found “a trace amount” of marijuana as well as $19,200 in cash. Police seized the money as they believe it was earned through criminal activity. “Some illegitimate cash-flow has been taken off the streets,” Cst. Taylor Callens said in a media release. Charges are now pending against the two men and they have been released from custody."

Do you hear them? They brag about taking illegitimate cash-flow off the streets as if they have done the world a favour. Getting illegal guns off the street could in theory make communities safer but seizing cash doesn't make communities safer. Especially when no charges have been laid and they have no idea where the cash came from. Seizing that cash only helps them and once again shows the sorry state of affairs we are now in. The police are not concerned with stopping drug trafficking. They are only concerned with seizing the proceeds of crime to collect a user fee for letting it continue just like in the documentary Freeway: Crack in the System.

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