Trucker gets cash back from DEA

| 10/5/2007

A trucker who had $23,000 in cash confiscated by federal drug agents has gotten the money back, with a little help from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The El Paso Times reports the ACLU went to bat for a Texas truck driver after a DEA agent seized the money at a New Mexico weigh station. Drug Enforcement Agency officials allegedly told the trucker he would have to prove his innocence to get it back.

The ACLU sued the DEA, then dropped the suit when the agency agreed to return the money.

“Carrying around large sums of cash is not a crime in America,” an ACLU spokesman told the Times.

The trucker said he simply doesn’t like banks and carries around his life savings in cash.