‘Highway robbery’ or a way to fight drug cartels? Utah police defend law that lets them to take cash, even from suspects who are never arrested (SB109)

A Utah lawmaker set a goal to remove any incentive any Utah police officer could have to unnecessarily take money from someone.

State law allows officers to seize property — even from people who are never charged, let alone convicted of a crime — under a process called civil asset forfeiture.

Concerned about the potential for abuse, Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, had hoped SB109 would put more safeguards in place.