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WINNEMUCCA, Nev. ( & KRNV) — A new lawsuit has been filed regarding possible illegal seizures by Humboldt County sheriffs.

In February, News 4 investigated a claim by Tan Nguyen of California, saying that Humboldt County Sheriff Lee Dove seized $50,000 during a routine traffic stop, despite not being arrested or charged with a crime.

Humboldt County settled with Nguyen and one other manlast month. Within one week of that settlement, more than 20 other forfeiture cases were filed by Humboldt County, reviewing instances where people who were subject to alleged illegal searches while traveling along Interstate 80 through Winnemucca.

“Interestingly enough, they were stopped by in Utah by Utah troopers who searched the car, and didn’t find any drugs, didn’t charge them with anything and let them go,” said John Ohlsen. “Five hours later, they were stopped in Winnemucca, and they took their money.”

Criminal Defense Attorney John Ohlsen is describing what happened to his client, a young man enroute from Madison, Wisconsin, who was pulled over for speeding as he headed west through Winnemucca on Interstate 80. His car was searched, and a large sum of money was found. That money was then taken by the officer, and the young man was sent on his way.


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