Dash Cam Footage Shows Nevada Deputy Extorting $50,000 from Innocent Motorist

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Newly released dash cam footage shows the tactics used by one Nevada sheriff’s deputy to extort large amounts of cash from innocent motorists.

In video obtained by KLAS-TV this week, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy Lee Dove, who just pulled over a driver for going 3 miles over the speed limit, can be seen searching a vehicle without probable cause.

“Well, I’m gonna search that vehicle first, ok?” Dove says to the driver, Tan Nguyen.

As Dove opens the vehicle’s doors and hatchback, Nguyen, who has not given the deputy permission, demands to know why his vehicle is being searched. Without a legitimate explanation, Dove refuses to answer.

“Because I’m talking to you… well, no, I don’t have to explain that to you,” Dove says as he discovers $50,000 in cash and $10,000 in cashiers checks. “I’m not going to explain that to you, but I am gonna put my drug dog on that. If my dog alerts, I’m seizing the money. You can try to get it back but you’re not.”

Despite Nguyen explaining how he won the cash in Las Vegas, Dove continues the confiscation with no proof that the money was obtained illegally.

“Good luck proving it. Good luck proving it. You’ll burn it up in attorney fees before we give it back to you,” Dove says.

Although police departments are allowed in some states to seize and spend cash linked to criminal activity under heavily abused forfeiture laws, Dove instead decides to outright extort Nguyen, telling him that his vehicle will be towed if he does not give up the $50,000.

“It’s your call. If you want to walk away, you can take the cashiers checks, the car and everything and you can bolt and you’re on your way,” Dove says. “But you’re gonna be walking away from this money and abandoning it.”

Unsurprisingly, according to local blogger Dee Holzel, the sheriff’s department and District Attorney have claimed that no illegal activity has ever taken place in regards to officers seizing cash.

“What they said initially was, ‘well, these are civil forfeiture programs. These kinds of things happen everywhere. There’s nothing unusual about Humboldt County.’ But that turned out to not be true,” Holzel explained. “When you have people by the side of the road and you’re having them abandon their money so they’ll be allowed to get in their car and drive away, they don’t do that everywhere.”

Nguyen’s lawyer, John Ohlson, also blasted the actions of the officer, calling the scenario a blatant highway robbery.

“An armed person stops a traveler and demands the traveler’s money and tells the traveler that unless he gets in his car and moves on down the road and forgets all about it, he’s going to take his car too,” Ohlson said. “I would say that’s pretty close to what you’re describing as highway robbery.”

Luckily, Nguyen was not only given his cash back, but granted an extra $10,000 for attorney fees from the department as well. Other victims such as Matt Lee, who had $2,400 taken by Dove, was forced to sign a confidentiality agreement with Humboldt County in order to get his.

“They’re buying their silence with their own money,” said Ohlson, who also represented Lee.

Following a massive uproar from local residents, Humboldt County Sheriff Ed Kilgore now claims his officers will no longer ask for people’s money during traffic stops unless a crime is suspected, even though Dove has seized cash before by claiming to smell non-existent marijuana.

“We want to do the right thing. I am a strong proponent of fighting the war on drugs, and I want to make sure everything we do here is on the up-and-up,” Kilgore said.

Unfortunately, Nevada is only one of many states experiencing similar corruption. Earlier this year, a Tennessee cop struggled to answer questions from a local news group after seizing $22,000 from an innocent driver. Despite telling the officer he was using the cash to buy a new car, the officer was found to have left the driver’s explanation out of the police report.

In 2012, a Wisconsin family attempting to bail their son out of jail had $7,500 seized after police claimed a drug dog alerted to narcotics on the cash. It was soon learned that the officers had forced the family to bring cash instead of a check, likely knowing that 90 percent of cash is tainted with cocaine residue.

Ironically, while corrupt law enforcement officers use the war on drugs to shake down innocent Americans, large banks such as HSBC continue to launder billions for DEA-backed Mexican drug cartels.

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  • Mike Litoris

    I am simply A M A Z E D that the dash-cam footage was effectively located & subsequently obtained by Mr. Nguyen. He must have a skillful lawyer.

    99% of the times police tend to ‘misplace’ or be ‘unable to locate’ or have ‘somehow irretrievably lost by mistake’ any evidentiary proof that incriminates them in the performance of acts of common thievery.

    This is why they routinely BEAT THE KRAP out of anyone caught videotaping them in the performance of their abuses ..er, I meant “duties”. This unnecessary violence by police personnel isn’t even justified: you can go RIGHT NOW to Youtube and see TONS of videos of blatant police abuse …N O N E of which will ever be prosecuted despite the FACT that the EVIDENCE is POSTED ON A PUBLIC WEBSITE FOR A-L-L TO SEE!

    • http://www.whyisthesubsinking.com Tim Brown

      Solution? There must be remedy & recourse for the actions outlaws do.

      • Reverend Draco

        There is a solution – people need to start finding pieces of these donut grazers scattered throughout random dumpsters.

        • matism

          Far better to just leave their dead corpses stacked in the streets. That way their Masters have no way to hide the situation from their Praetorian Guard.

          • Reverend Draco

            Yeah. . . but the psychological impact of a head in one dumpster, torso in another, arms in the next city, legs tossed out along a highway. . .
            Priceless.

          • matism

            Yes, and no. Yes, if the pig is “identified”. But no, if the pig leaders decide they can’t identify the “corpse”. And you had better believe the pig leaders are corrupt enough to hold that info back from their Only Ones.

            I would remind you that BATFE Agent Hope McAllister from their Phoenix Field Division is on an audio recording – released by the BATFE IG – admitting that THREE guns were found at the scene of the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and that the third gun was sold in Dallas. But the FBI “lost” that third gun because it pointed back at one of their own.

          • Reverend Draco

            Even if they can’t “identify” for public consumption – they’ll still know who it is that they found scattered all over hell and gone.

            Might be even better if they can’t confirm the identity – then they can just sit and wonder what happened to Officer Numbnuts who hasn’t shown up for his shift in a week. Was that him in those 6 dumpsters, or did he GTFO before it ended up being him?

          • Thomas Parker

            Gosh, plotting the murder of law enforcement officers. That’s gotta be illegal. Whata buncha cocksuckers.

          • Thomas Parker

            Whatever happened to law and order?

          • Reverend Draco

            It went out the window when clown costumed thugs started ignoring it.

          • Reverend Draco

            Nobody is “plotting” anything, bootlicker – just positing “what-ifs.”

            Besides, when a criminal is “retired” during the commission of a crime, it’s called “self-defense.”

            Cocksucker, your own damn self.

          • Reverend Draco

            Let me put it this way, bootlicker – if the criminal referenced in the article would have been a Crip, a Norteńo, or a member of the KKK – my response would have been the same. The costume worn by the criminal isn’t part of the criteria – only the action of preying upon the innocent is a factor.

            I would rather innocent victims defend themselves and send a message that they will not meekly accept predation.
            If you would prefer that the victims submit to the demands of violent criminals, you are no better than the criminal.

  • http://www.whyisthesubsinking.com Tim Brown

    I’m almost getting to the point of doing more than deregistering, lawsuits and commercial liens , plus the ever fun Notice of Injury, Opportunity to Cure,and Notice of Default .
    Let’s end the corporation and reboot the Republic, you know, the one the founding father guys started, the one with FREEDOM and not fake gov’t benefits & privileges binding you to 100,000 puke rules/regulations/codes/statutes/by-laws/vomit/puke/ barf and SWILL IN UNIFORM

  • Fleendar the magnificent

    In today’s ‘Amerika’, one needs to have a dash cam just to protect one’s self from thugs like this rogue cop. One thing to keep in mind is, that many state and local level police departments have been Federalized and bought out with Federal money. These are the depts, that have been militarized, been given nice gifts by the feds such as MRAPs and other battlefield armament, and generally, when responding to incidents, show up looking exactly like the military. However, this excludes the Sheriff as they are still a duly elected officer. For now…
    I keep a DVR rolling in my truck all the time for just this reason. If the cops can record their stopping you, then you should be recording them too. Without a camera, what’s to stop a cop from bashing your tail or head lights out when it’s only you and the cop on the road? What’s to stop him from beating you up and claiming that YOU attacked HIM first?
    Sadly enough, we were brought up to believe that the police officers were there to help us, that they were the ‘good guy’, and while I am sure that there’s *many* wonderful and good human beings out there that ARE cops, you never know when you’re going to run into that one bad apple.
    Conclusion.
    They don’t call it a ‘silent witness’ for nothing. I invested $75 for mine and as of yet, haven’t recorded anything critical other than nearly running over a coyote in a McDonalds parking lot. However, as America continues to die from within, crime increases as the currency devalues to $0 and more violence will be directed towards civilians by cops, other citizens and military, when I DO need it, it will be there for me.