Aurora Brothers Seek 190K Taken by Police

The brothers say police seized more than $190,000 they had been saving for five years

By Sandra Torres
|  Friday, Dec 10, 2010  |  Updated 9:30 AM CDT
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Two Aurora brothers say police illegally seized their life savings, and now they want their money back.

Jesus and Jose Martinez claim police did not have a right to seize more than $190,000 after pulling them over in October, according to the Daily Herald. Police records indicate the brothers were stopped for suspicious narcotic activity, but a police dog search did not find any drugs.

Even though no charges were filed, Aurora city officials tell the Daily Herald that the matter is part of a lawful and ongoing narcotics investigation.

Last month, the Martinez brothers filed a court petition arguing that police illegally seized money they were saving for five years. They claim they were just bringing it to their father to pay off his mortgage and retire in Mexico. A Kane County Judge ordered the city to return all of it, including interest and court costs. The city tried to appeal the motion, but it was denied.

A judge is expected to revisit the case on Jan. 5 in a civil court in Kane County.

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