Published April 21st, 2022 at 12:45 pm
In a shocking turn of events, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently agreed to return funds it seized from an armored car company that was hauling cash for a legal cannabis dispensary on the condition that the company drop a lawsuit it filed against the agency. Advocates say the agency’s response to the suit is a positive sign for similar cases.
In January, Colorado-based armored vehicle company Empyreal Logistics filed a lawsuit against the government for five asset seizures that occurred in California and Kansas, claiming they had been done illegally.
The suit claimed that local law enforcement officers were coordinating with federal DOJ agents to manufacture reasons to pull over the company’s vehicles. The suit alleged that these stops were made entirely for the purpose of taking the cash that Empyreal was transporting from legally operating medical cannabis dispensaries to banks. According to the company, none of the traffic stops resulted in citation.
The string of stops began last May when a Dickinson County sheriff’s deputy pulled over an Empyrial Logistics van in Kansas for driving with an obscured license plate tag on May 17, 2021. Information gathered during