How is this legal in the USA? Just hop on a bus and just start systematically searching everybody, for just whatever they can find? Seems much more likely in some 3rd world kind of place, not here in the US. But apparently the times, they are a'changing as the old song goes.According to an arrest affidavit, deputies boarded the Greyhound bus during a scheduled stop and told passengers they would be searching for drugs and weapons.
Now granted, the (very brief) article said that the guy did give his consent to be searched. But do you think if he had said "no" that the police would simply have said "oh, ok" and just moved on to the next person in line? Sure. You betcha.
The article goes on to say that the guy was arrested for money laundering because he couldn't give what the police considered a good explanation for having that amount of cash on him.
Some people do all their business in cash. They don't like banks for whatever reason, or simply prefer dealing in cash (for legitimate reasons). Last I heard, cash was still "legal tender for all debts, public and private." I recently sold a travel trailer for almost that same amount of money ($14k). The guy paid me in cash. Biggest pile of $100 bills that has ever been on my kitchen table, I can tell you for sure!
But anyway, maybe the guy is guilty as charged. If so, good job guys.
However, on the other hand, maybe he's just not good with the English language and was having a hard time understanding what was going on; or maybe he was "acting suspicious" because he gets nervous around people with guns who can drag him off a bus, throw him in a cage, and take his money.
Or maybe he mistakenly thought he was a citizen in a free country who could travel for his own business with money to do what he needed to do without having to justify his actions and plans to some government official somewhere along the way.
Oh, and by the way. If the guy goes to trial and is found not guilty (or even if he is released without going to trial), what do you think the odds are that he will ever see any of his confiscated money again?