The couple said they were never charged with a crime and were allowed to keep marijuana and a pipe. But the money was seized after officers found it stuffed in socks in a suitcase.
“I saw her pipe on the hood of her car, and she got to keep it while my money went in the other direction,” Anderson said. “That burned my tail feathers.”
Now, Anderson, who said he received the money through a lawsuit settlement, must prove he obtained the money through legal means to get it back from the government.
Parker police and the DEA declined to speak about the case, but legal experts said it seems Anderson’s money was taken through a controversial government program that was ended last month by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
“It literally sounds like highway robbery,” said Mark Silverstein, legal director for the ACLU-Colorado.