The ACLU is suing the DEA on behalf of Anastasio Prieto, a truck driver who had $23,700 of his own money seized by DEA agents at a weigh station in New Mexico. Prieto does not like banks, and customarily carries his savings as cash.
Border Patrol agents used dogs to search his truck but found no evidence of illegal substances. Officers took his money regardless and turned it over to DEA agents who said he’d need to prove it didn't come from illegal drug sales to get it back.
The ACLU lawsuit states that mere possession of nearly $23,700 does not establish probable cause. New Mexico’s ACLU Executive Director said, "The government took Mr. Prieto’s money as surely as if he had been robbed on a street corner at night."