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State patrol ordered to refund $1 millionTell North Platte what you think

The Nebraska State Patrol has to pay back more than $1 million, plus interest, to a former stripper after they confiscated it more than a year ago during a traffic stop near North Platte.

Trooper Ryan Hayes confiscated the money after he stopped a car for excessive speeding, and then searched it, the Lincoln Journal Star reported Saturday.

Hayes initially said a drug detection dog smelled the odor of drugs on the money, which was bundled in groups of $100 bills.

But the former stripper and her husband claimed the money was her life savings. They said it was all legally earned and taxed, and was intended to open a night club on the east coast.

U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon ruled that the state officials were wrong and the money must be repaid.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/22/2013
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