The Feds got a little richer this week. Over $138,000 was seized back in January of 2013 by MSP (Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport) officials because the currency smelled like marijuana, and now the government gets to keep it.
The stanky cash was originally discovered by a drug-sniffing dog that led authorities to two pieces of luggage stuffed with cash belonging to Robert L. Casteel. No drugs were found, but the Feds confiscated the cash nonetheless because of the apparent and overpowering aroma.
Casteel claimed the large amount of cash came from... Cough cough... Get ready for it... His "bingo business." However the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is in disagreement about the origins of the cash. They believe the money is actually linked to a large Oakland, CA grow operation. Shout out to my hometown!
As of now, no charges have been filed against Casteel in connection to any grow-op, which is probably why he chose not to dispute the confiscation.
"In other words, since nobody came forward to claim the cash after a notice of forfeiture was posted on forfeiture.gov in January (the deadline to come forward was in late February), the government gets to keep it."
Get the whole story by Aaron Rupar at citypages.com