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Iowa civil forfeiture laws are under scrutiny after the Des Moines Register reported law enforcement agencies collected nearly $43 million from forfeitures since 2009. The laws allow police to take property if they believe it's being used in drug smuggling or other crimes. Officials argue they are powerful tools against drug and human-trafficking enterprises that move millions of dollars across interstate highways. The Register ran the story of a 20-year-old Chicago man stopped in Pottawattamie County for traveling 5 miles per hour over the limit. A deputy seized more than $15,000 from the car, the man's life savings. The man, who had no criminal record or illegal drugs, is suing. Representative Jake Highfill (R) believes the laws violate civil and property rights and wants them abolished.

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Title Annotation:STATELINE
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Jun 1, 2015
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