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JRscooby

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Horsedoc wrote:

JRscooby wrote:

Do not carry cash in Tennessee.


Why?


Any explanation would likely ruffle the red feathers on the moderators. Bet if you look at Civil Asset Forfeiture/I 40/Tennessee you might get the idea.
Years back, I contracted to spot a trailer of Red Cross supplies in Fla as hurricane prep. The plan was (and it worked) I would drop the trailer, ahead of storm, and bobtail home. Knowing plans don't always work I stopped at bank, withdrew enough cash to feed me and the Cat for a few days. On the way back, in Tennessee I was stopped for a random roadside safety check. While making sure the old Pete was safe to drive, LEO found the bank envelope, with the cash and withdraw slip under my mattress. That LEO, had to check with his sergeant, who had to call up COC, to decide if I could carry that cash home.

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JRscooby wrote:

While making sure the old Pete was safe to drive, LEO found the bank envelope, with the cash and withdraw slip under my mattress.


And did they determine your mattress was safe?

That's really creepy. Thanks for sharing. And yes, that's a good reason to watch your back in that state.


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Lots of states do that, unfortunately. I've read a lot of that occurs on I-10 in LA.

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Lots of states do that, unfortunately. I've read a lot of that occurs on I-10 in LA.


Yes, it is a nationwide problem. Years back, when the head of Kansas HP, addressing National Press Club, was asked how budget cuts would effect HP. "With the recent change in Co laws, we will be watching all eastbound out of state traffic real close. Any traffic stop has a chance of windfall for the department"
About the same time period, the head of DEA told NPC the network of plate readers would likely do little to slow the flow of drugs, but would increase CAF.
Anybody remember that religious band that was collecting money for charity, was stopped in OK? There was enough outrage on social media that it was picked up on NPR. I suspect the department was in fear of more investigation by press, so gave back the money.
I had personal close call with Tenn, and have met 2 people that lost money to that state, so I suggest nobody carry cash in that state.

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So...If for some reason law enforcement decides to check out the interior of my RV and find the cash I keep handy, maybe $500, for emergency or whatever use, they can confiscate it??


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So...If for some reason law enforcement decides to check out the interior of my RV and find the cash I keep handy, maybe $500, for emergency or whatever use, they can confiscate it??


In a word, Yes. Now you can go to court, and if you can prove that you did not get that cash illegally, you can get it back.
People are, in theory innocent until proven guilty. OTOH, cash is assumed guilty in many areas.
Some localities, in hopes of preventing abuse, pass laws requiring the money,(and what they get from sale of property) must go into general fund, not to department budget. (Don't think the LEOs are ever allowed to keep) The DEA came back with the idea, make it a federal case, and we will kick back most of the CAF to department. But in those cases there might not be a conviction but at least charges are filed.

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Interesting as I usually carry cash and sometimes a lot of it as I don't like credit cards. Also those tag readers, friend and his family from SC were on the way to a wedding in there car and were stopped in Baltimore on a hot day and asked where his gun was. He told them it was home in his safe which prompted the police to make them get out of the car while they searched for the gun. After an hour in the hot sun they were let go but were told that the tag reader at the tunnel had somehow indicated that he had a concealed carry permit at home and it was not honored in MD....Big brother is watching us!

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The bridge on 40 at Memphis has reopened. I see no issues with your route aside from the usual construction areas in most every state. Plenty of campgrounds along the way to stop at too.

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ferndaleflyer wrote:

Interesting as I usually carry cash and sometimes a lot of it as I don't like credit cards.


For over 100 years, war has tore off pieces of the Constitution for some people. (Look up laws passed around WW1, and the treatment of Japanese, WW2)
The "War on Drugs" convinced many we had to accept many restrictions. Then we where told "They hate us for our freedom" implies we must give up even more.
Like I said, 50 years ago the Constitution had so many amendments I could not keep them straight. But now, 1 must be protected at all cost, but the others? More likely to be punished for pointing out violation then passing laws that violate.

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