Forfeiture antics curtailed

Florida: “The U.S. Justice Department shut down Bal Harbour’s celebrated federal forfeiture program and ordered the police to return more than $4 million, slapping the agency with crushing sanctions for tapping into drug money to pay for first-class flights, luxury car rentals, and payments to informants across the country.” [Miami Herald; more on forfeiture, Institute for Justice, Motel Caswell case]

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  • I don’t understand the part about Bal Harbour police flying first class all over the country. As a municipal police force, they have no jurisdiction outside their city and certainly not outside of Florida. What was the purpose of the travel?