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New Jersey cops destroy BMW searching for weed that wasn’t there


Police impounded Darren Richardson's 2004 3-series after smelling a "strong odor of raw marijuana" during a routine traffic stop. When it was returned days later, Richardson found the dash cut apart, seats slashed, the console pried open and the bumpers and other body parts crudely pulled off his car. GEICO, his insurance company, estimated the damage at $12,636.42, more than he'd bought the car for. Totaled.

"The root of these problems, with the drug laws, is sometimes they (police departments) can't distinguish between the Medellin cartel and somebody smoking a spliff," an assistant district attorney told
Richardson has now filed a claim against the department for false arrest and malicious prosecution. There's also talk that GEICO may sue the department to recover the vehicle's loss.

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