"Their [the city's] lawyers basically said the city was going to file for forfeiture," Kinnally [the men's lawyer] said. "The judge asked on what basis. The lawyer said, 'We don't know,' and the judge said: 'This is America. Give it back.'"
The judge ordered the city to return the $190,040, along with a month's interest and costs. But Kinnally said that when he brought the order to Aurora, the city refused to turn over the cash, saying it planned to appeal the judge's order.
And if that's not enough to get your hackles up, it now appears that the federal government has decided to help themselves to the loot:
Aurora's legal department has not responded to requests for information. And it now appears that the city no longer has the cash.
Jesus Martinez received a certified letter last weekend from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Dated Dec. 2, the letter states the Department of Homeland Security/Immigrations and Customs Enforcement seized the money from Aurora, and that the cash is subject to forfeiture under U.S. codes dealing with drug transactions.
Seriously, the difference between the government and an organized crime organization has become quite difficult for my admittedly unschooled eye to discern.