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Thu Jul 9, 2015, 09:55 PM Jul 2015

New Mexico Cops Bummed They Can't Just Steal People's Money Anymore [View all]

New Mexico law that has just gone into effect bars police from seizing people's property without first convicting them of a crime, and the cops are already complaining. Equally bad, the cops say, is that when seizures are allowed, the money will now go to the state's general fund instead of to the law enforcement agency that seized it.

As the Farmington Daily Times reported, law enforcement is already yearning for the good old days. Without that incentive, they may just seize less stuff, and they might even reduce drug law enforcement, they said.

"We're going to try not to seize," said Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe, warning that "I don't think that they anticipated how much it's going to hit local law enforcement, and we're still trying to figure out how bad it's going to hit us."

Sgt. Kyle Dowdy, director of the Region II Narcotics Task Force, told the newspaper that without the money generated from asset forfeitures, "the task force may have to reduce the amount of equipment it buys, such as wiretaps and cameras, and train less often." Such training "is essential to catching criminals who are constantly changing the methods they use to distribute drugs," he added.

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I'll add a little to that tune. hobbit709 Jul 2015 #1
Three cheers for New Mexico Art_from_Ark Jul 2015 #2
I was a little surprised the Republican governor signed the law Warpy Jul 2015 #14
I thought Holder prohibited civil forfeiture for federal crimes? truebluegreen Jul 2015 #21
This kills civil asset forfeiture under state law. Comrade Grumpy Jul 2015 #25
have a little something to go with that whine: niyad Jul 2015 #3
Man, that looks good Telcontar Jul 2015 #5
here you go: niyad Jul 2015 #6
You rock Telcontar Jul 2015 #8
oh, you poor thing!!! hope at least that the food will be decent! niyad Jul 2015 #9
Why thank you Telcontar Jul 2015 #10
best I can do right now: niyad Jul 2015 #12
and a little something to go with: niyad Jul 2015 #7
Bake that brie and I'm in Tatiana La Belle Jul 2015 #20
oh, and by the way, if you are threatening NOT to do your damned jobs, I suggest that niyad Jul 2015 #4
Here is how it works..... Logical Jul 2015 #11
yep Liberal_in_LA Jul 2015 #13
If you're wondering how local police are managing to buy Warpy Jul 2015 #15
They should be in jail. n/t PowerToThePeople Jul 2015 #16
Don't see how bad this makes them look? procon Jul 2015 #17
Cry me a fucking river. truebluegreen Jul 2015 #18
Excellent! This should, hopefully, cut down on Civil Forfeiture Tatiana La Belle Jul 2015 #19
+1 uponit7771 Jul 2015 #26
Sounds like a whole cascade of positive changes petronius Jul 2015 #22
Except that recreational pot is still illegal Warpy Jul 2015 #24
Awww, poor wittle cops... 47of74 Jul 2015 #23
About time DiverDave Jul 2015 #27
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