Thanks For Serving Your Country, Now Hand Over Your Sixty Grand


A former military police officer and weapons specialist, [Mark] Brewer earned several medals during his service in the Air Force, before he was medically discharged in 2008. Brewer said he developed Posttraumatic Stress Disorder after a deployment in Afghanistan.

In November 2011, Brewer was driving on Interstate 80 in Nebraska, when Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Wintle pulled Brewer over for crossing traffic lanes without signaling. During the stop, Wintle performed a criminal background check, which “revealed no major violations.”

After gaining Brewer’s consent, Wintle walked around the car with a canine unit; the dog alerted to the trunk. When he searched the trunk, Wintle found two backpacks that had a “strong odor of raw marijuana” and $63,530 in cash.

What became of Mr. Brewer and his money?

For Brewer, he argued that taking over $60,000 would be “an excessive fine because no drugs were found in the vehicle and he was never charged with any crime resulting from the traffic stop.” The 8th Circuit did not agree.

Our public “leaders” put a young man in combat, which causes Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. He may be using marijuana to treat the symptoms caused by service to his country, but cops can’t prove it because they find no drugs on him.

Like drug warriors give a damn. Government greed takes a backseat to human decency.



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