Sometimes when you buy a used car you drive away with more than you bargained for. In June, the Ninth Circuit court gave Mexican national Jose Aguado Cervantes the go-ahead to sue the US government. Cervantes is suing because he was thrown in jail for four months in 1999, on charges that he smuggled marijuana across the US-Mexico border in a car he bought from a US Marshals Service Auction.
Cervantes was released after investigators realized that the pot had been left behind by the previous owner, and missed by customs officials who had previously seized the vehicle.
Similarly, in July, a man returned 10 kilograms of cocaine that he found in a car he’d bought at a German customs auction a month earlier. German customs had received the car from Mexico.