If you have a lot of cash, you must be a drug dealer?
They found no drugs on him whatsoever. They never saw him selling drugs or committing a crime of any sort. But the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) claims that they are “certain” that 22-year-old Joseph Rivers is a “drug dealer.”
What makes them so sure?
When the young African American man set out to make a music video in Hollywood, after scraping together the funds, the Michigan native had the $16,000 for the shoot on him.
That’s it. Nothing else. Having the money for this video on him, as he traveled from Michigan to Los Angeles was sufficient “evidence” that he was a drug dealer, even though no drugs were found on him, and even though there was no link made between him and any criminal element.
Just the mere existence of that much money in a young African American’s possession – on his way to try to make it big in Hollywood – was enough “evidence” for the DEA to rob him of his hard earned money, and the capital for his new business.
When Rivers switched trains at the Amtrak station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, back on April 15, the DEA searched his bags containing his clothes, other possessions as well as the envelope filled with the $16,000 in cash, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
The DEA agents picked out passengers “at random” – which meant anyone who they thought “fit the profile” of a “drug dealer.”
Apparently that meant a young African American man. Rivers was the only African American in his car, according to all witnesses who saw the highway robbery take place.
The cash, as it were, was actually still in a bank envelop. Did the bank buy drugs from him?
River’s explained the situation to the agents and even called his mother to tell them that his story was legit. The DEA thieves didn’t care one bit.