Wednesday, March 20, 2013

U.S. v. Guerrero (9th Cir. - March 20, 2013)

When you go to jail to post bail for your wife, who was busted the night before for possession of heroin with intent to distribute, it's probably best not to bring the entire $11,500 in cash.  Because the authorities might have a sneaking suspicion that maybe -- just maybe -- you got the money from, oh, I don't know, say, dealing drugs.

But if you do decide that cash is your best option, let me give one piece of advice.  Leave your remaining heroin at home.  Do not keep it in the trunk of your car.  Because they may well start to investigate your large deposit of money, search you, and discover your stash.

Like here.

There's an arrest.  There's forfeiture.  There's a whole heap of trouble.

All of which could have been avoided if Guerrero had just left the smack and cash at home.