On Dec. 2, two South Dakota residents cruised through Parker after making a wrong turn during a Colorado vacation.A Parker police officer pulled over 33-year-old Margaret McKinney because the temporary tag on her car was in the wrong place. The officer smelled marijuana and asked to search the car, McKinney said.”I thought, ‘For what?’ ” McKinney said. “I had no reason for not allowing the search. I wasn’t doing anything wrong.”By the time the traffic stop ended, McKinney and her boyfriend, Dion “Tony” Anderson, 46, were out more than $25,000 after spending two hours being detained on the roadside by Parker police and a federal Drug Enforcement Administration agent. ( | )The couple said they were never charged with a crime and were allowed to keep marijuana and a pipe. But the money was seized after officers found it stuffed in socks in a suitcase. “I saw her pipe on the hood of her car, and she got to keep it while my money went in the other direction,” Anderson said. “That burned my tail feathers.”Now, Anderson, who said he received the money through a lawsuit settlement, must prove he obtained the money through legal means to get it back from the government.Parker police and the DEA declined to speak about the case, but legal experts said it seems Anderson’s money was taken through a controversial government program that was ended last month by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. “It literally sounds like highway robbery,” said Mark Silverstein, legal director for the ACLU-Colorado.Renewed spotlight on lawLaws that allow police to seize a person’s cash or car or other assets have been in the spotlight in recent months.In Colorado, where laws regarding asset forfeiture already are tight, a bill has been filed with the intent of making it even more difficult. Police and prosecutors are negotiating with the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Laura Woods, R-Arvada. The bill is supported by defense attorneys. Critics of asset forfeiture have argued that police abuse the procedure to fatten their budgets. Between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, federal agents in Colorado seized $13.5 million, according to … – Click Here To Visit Article Source