Step 1: Officers will pull over citizens for a traffic ticket, bust into apartments shared by a perpetrator, or . . . well you can figure out the rest
Step 2: Officers then search the premises.
Step 3: If officers find any cash or any other valuable item, bag it, tag it (hopefully), and take it into “evidence”—which is conveniently located in their back pockets.
Step 4: Officers claim the cash is linked to drugs or some illegal transaction.
Step 5: The district attorney does not charge the individual who owns the cash with a crime.
Step 6: Unless the victim fights for the money, then cops keep the money in “evidence.” If the property is not cash, sell it at an auction.
What You Can Do
Although these cases typically stem from criminal charges or involvement with police, they are considered civil cases involving a lighter burden of proof—using preponderance of the evidence rather than beyond reasonable doubt. In other words, it is easier for them to keep your money.
What makes this even more difficult is that an illegal search or seizure will not mean you will automatically get your property back. The illegality of the search or seizure will only prevent the government from using the evidence against you at trial.
If you or anyone you know are facing what Snoop Dogg is facing, seek the advice of an attorney.
. . .and if you are here just for Snoop Dog, this is for you.