Nebraska Police Forced to Return Confiscated $1 Million to Dancer

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Last week, a federal judge ordered police officers in Nebraska to return the $1 million taken during a Mar. 2012 traffic stop to an exotic dancer from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Tara Mishra, 33, began stripping 15 years ago, eventually saving $1,074,000 to start a business so she could finally quit stripping. She gave the money to friends Rajesh and Marina Dheri to open a nightclub in New Jersey, but they were pulled over in Nebraska by state troopers who assumed the money was drug-related. 

It was in bundles of $10,000 tied with hair bands and stuffed inside of plastic bags, which might signal "drug money" to some. 

Authorities took the Dheris into custody, but no evidence of drug activity was discovered. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon decided that law enforcement did not establish a significant connection between the money and drugs, so he recommended that Mishra receive cash or a check for the full amount. 

Now she can finally retire from the pole. Oh, and just because:

[via ABC News]

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