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Seward County, Nebraska, boasts one of the highest-arrest and conviction rates in the entire state of Nebraska for crimes related to drug possession and transportation.
Cops in Seward County, Nebraska target minorities who are traveling through the State of Nebraska on Interstate 80. If you are a minority traveling in a vehicle from a state outside of Nebraska, you are likely to be stopped in Seward County.
There is a huge financial incentive for cops to stop and arrest people believed to be transporting money or drugs. In Nebraska, if cops arrest people with large amounts of money suspected to be related to drugs, that money will be kept by local law enforcement.
Marijuana is not legal in the State of Nebraska, however; Nebraska shares a border with Colorado, a state that has legalized marijuana. Many people from the eastern part of the United States travel through Nebraska to purchase marijuana in Colorado. The only route through Nebraska to Colorado is on Interstate 80, which travels directly through Seward, County, Nebraska.
Cops in Seward County and York County target minorities driving out of state vehicles because cops are looking for money related to drugs.
Local law enforcement agencies can use money seized to pay salaries of their employees. Seward County Sheriff, Mike Vance, has publicly stated to news outlets that drug funds are used to pay for overtime, equipment and police dogs.
Seward County has a financial incentive to stop vehicles and search for drugs and money. Money from citizens who do not live or work in Nebraska is seized and used to pay for salaries, equipment, and canines.
Here are links to news articles related to drug money seized in Seward
Vehicles driven by minorities are frequently stopped in Seward County, Nebraska for minor or fake traffic violations:
Cops in Seward, Nebraska are not really concerned about minor traffic violations, but those violations are used as excuses to stop vehicles and search the vehicle to look for drug money.
Minorities traveling through Seward County, Nebraska are frequently stopped for minor traffic violations. An officer will ask the driver to go back to the police vehicle, and will proceed to ask the driver several questions:
The questions asked are designed to try and determine whether the vehicle contains drugs or money. If a Seward County Law Enforcement Officer believes a car contains drugs or money, the cop will tell the driver he or she is "free to to", but right before the person exits the squad car, the cop will ask, "Before you leave, can I ask you a few more questions?".
The officer will then ask whether the vehicle contains drugs, money, guns or marijuana.
The officer might also tell the driver or the passenger that the possession of a small amount of marijuana in Nebraska is "just and infraction" and is "no big deal". The officer is hoping the driver or passenger will admit to possessing a small amount of marijuana as the admission then provides "probable cause" to search the car and every container in the car.
The officers will do anything possible to search the car with hopes of finding drug money to help pay their salary.
If you have been charged with a drug crime in Seward, Nebraska or Seward County, Nebraska, contact an Attorney with Wythers Law
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