Joseph Rivers $16,000 seized by DEA
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Civil Asset Forfeiture Brief: DEA steals $16,000
Hi my name is Joseph Rivers I am a 22 year old musician and video editor/producer. I recently took a train to California with $16,000 which I accumulated through various video shoots, and recording sessions, as well as from my own family. This money was intended to shoot the music video that would have change my life forever. Before the Train could make it to its final destination we made a stop in Albuquerque New Mexico. Two officers, who latter became known to me as "DEA Agents", boarded the train and began asking passengers questions.
After being questioned and fully complying with the officers requests. The officers decide to seize the entire $16,000 in cash with no charges or any evidence to support their actions. I am currently asking for help to recoup the money that was taken from my family and I, so I can honor the gift of success by still achieving what I originally set out to do.
I am currently going through a legal process called civil asset forfeiture. This entitles me to have to go and fight for proof of ownership, while at the same time being put on hold to pursue my life long dream. My mom and I (her being the main contributor to my success) have recently visited Capital Hill for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform. We have done a great deal of work to spread this knowledge by our own hand, as well as with the help of many many others.
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The Detroit News: Congress Questions D.E.A
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The Detroit News: Congress Questions DEA
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