Judge orders cops to return stripper’s $1 million IN CASH taken during traffic stop

Former dancer Tara Mishra, 33, lost part of her life savings when cops confiscated it from her business partners during a traffic stop, suspecting it was drug money.

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BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013, 9:08 AM
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A California stripper lost $1 million in cash after business partners she gave the money to were pulled over in Nebraska for speeding. A judge has ordered authorities to return the money.

A Nebraska judge ordered cops to return $1 million to a California stripper after the cash was confiscated during a traffic stop.

Tara Mishra, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., lost part of her her life savings in March 2012 after a couple she’d given it to for a new night club business was pulled over for speeding in North Platte, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

Rajesh and Marina Dheri, who were ferrying the cash from California to New Jersey in a rented Mercedes SUV, allowed the state trooper to search the trunk, where he discovered ziplock bags full of bundled $100 bills and dryer sheets.

Mishra had been socking away the cash since she started stripping at 18, the newspaper said.

Suspecting it was drug money, troopers confiscated the loot, the car and arrested the Dheris.

Authorities eventually determined that the money was Mishra’s, but said she had no right to it because she wasn’t in the car when it was taken.

Mishra appeared at a trial with tax returns and documents proving she’d agree to invest in a New Jersey club with the Dheris.

She’d wrapped the cash in dryer sheets to mask its rank, barroom scent, she argued.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon ordered the cash returned to the former topless dancer, saying the government’s suspicions about a drug connection “left too many unanswered questions.”

“There is no nexus between the currency and any illegal activity,” Bataillon said.

 

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