Northern Nevada Road Pirate, Who Stole $50,000, No Longer Humboldt County Deputy

An armed person stops a traveler and demands the traveler’s money and tells the traveler that unless he gets in his car and moves on down the road and forgets all about it, he’s going to take his car too. I would say that’s pretty close to what you’re describing as highway robbery.”


Last week, it was announced that Deputy Lee Dove, who gained a bit of infamy after a dash cam video of him pressuring a man driving through Northern Nevada into giving up $50,000 in cash that he won gambling in Las Vegas, is no longer employed by the Humboldt County Sherriff’s Department. It wasn’t disclosed whether he was fired or allowed to resign, nor whether his departure was related to the seizures.

In addition to the controversy that video caused toward the HCSD’s policy of shaking down drivers along I-80, two weeks ago Former Deputy Dove also pled guilty to a lesser charge as part of a plea deal in a criminal case, in which he threatened a customer at a convenience store with his gun.

The commentary from that dash cam video is pretty blatantly a case of outright robbery:

Deputy-Lee-Dove“How much money you got?” Humboldt County Deputy Lee Dove can be heard asking on the video.

Dove can be seen dropping cash on the hood of the car.

Deputy Dove: “That’s not yours, is it?”
Motorist: “That’s mine.”
Deputy Dove: “Well, I’m seizing it.”

The dash-cam video gives insight into what some say is a pattern of questionable drug interdiction stops by Deputy Dove along I-80 near Winnemucca in northern Nevada.

The out-of-state motorist was stopped for doing 78 mph in an 75 mph zone. Deputy Dove finds $50,000 cash and $10,000 in cashiers checks during a search of the car.

The first issue is whether Dove obtained permission to search the car or whether he simply told the driver, Tan Nguyen, he was going to do it.

Deputy Dove: “Well, I’m gonna search that vehicle first, ok?”
Nguyen: “Hey, what’s the reason you’re searching my car?”
Deputy Dove: “Because I’m talking to you … well, no, I don’t have to explain that to you. I’m not going to explain that to you, but I am gonna put my drug dog on that (pointing to money). If my dog alerts, I’m seizing the money. You can try to get it back but you’re not.”
Nguyen: (inaudible) got it in Vegas.”
Deputy Dove: “Good luck proving it. Good luck proving it. You’ll burn it up in attorney fees before we give it back to you.”

But Dove never seizes the money under state forfeiture law, instead he offers Nguyen a deal. Abandon the cash and you can leave with the cashiers checks. Otherwise, Dove will confiscate the cash anyway and tow the car because Nguyen’s name isn’t on the rental agreement.

Deputy Dove: “It’s your call. If you want to walk away, you can take the cashiers checks, the car and everything and you can bolt and you’re on your way. But you’re gonna be walking away from this money and abandoning it.

Tan Nguyen, the motorist being robbed in the video, was able to regain his money, plus $10,000 in lawyer’s fees, in a lawsuit. However Deputy Dove and the other Humboldt County Road Pirates were able to steal cash from many other drivers’ before their revenue generation scheme was finally exposed.

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Kelly is a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, who’s been very active in local grassroots activism, as well as on a national level during his extensive travels. He’s also the founder/main contributor of Nevada Cop Block, served as editor/contributor at CopBlock.org and designed the Official Cop Block Press Passes.
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41 Comments

  1. save a life, kill a cop

    1. Save as many lives as you can, and kill all the pigs.

    2. Save as many lives as you can, and kill all the pigs.

  2. Find out…and KNOW where your cops, prosecutors, judges…and their families live.
    SPREAD this info around (anonymous painted grafitti on every avail. building, overpass, curb, ect).
    The rest is self explanatory.
    Do your civic duty and mark your trash……somebody is BOUND to take care of it for you.

  3. Makes sense to me–Nguyen won a bunch of money in Vegas, then he was heading home to Newport, and figured before he he’d take a scenic 1000-mile detour to somewhere east of Winnemucca. Of course, you’d have to be a real cheapskate to have fifty Gs on you and drive two days to hit an east Nevada brothel.

  4. Makes sense to me–Nguyen won a bunch of money in Vegas, then he was heading home to Newport, and figured before he he’d take a scenic 1000-mile detour to somewhere east of Winnemucca. Of course, you’d have to be a real cheapskate to have fifty Gs on you and drive two days to hit an east Nevada brothel.

    1. And he’s not listed on the rental agreement. Cali is what? 50 miles from Vegas? Maybe he had a slice of Mormon tail waiting for him at temple.
      Not so say that skinning a pistol on someone is the best option, it seems that when the PD and the DA both clear him in the interdictions, its his own off-duty behavior that lead to his quick exodus.

      1. This story was on PINAC some time back and he was on duty it

        seemed.http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/04/dash-cam-video-exposes-nevada-deputy-abusing-already/

        Humboldt County Sheriff Ed Kilgore spoke with the I-Team and said proper procedures were not followed in a number of cases. He said, his officers no longer ask people to abandon their cash. If it’s suspected proceeds from a crime, the civil forfeiture process will be followed and people will be given their day in court, Kilgore said. He added, he thought the cases were being sent to the district attorney’s office and being handled as forfeitures, but some were not. That was the case with Tan Nguyen’s money. “We want to do the right thing. I am a strong proponent of fighting the war on drugs, and I want to make sure everything we do here is on the up-and-up,” Kilgore said.

        Sorry but this was under the color of law and not some rambling as a “citizen”. A reasonable person would believe he would face the full weight of the law had he not complied.

        Another from a PINAC story:

        Last year, Dove made national headlines because of his arrogant abuse of the state’s forfeiture law, swiping $50,000 from a man who said he had won it in a Las Vegas casino, giving the man the choice to either abandon it or have it confiscated under the forfeiture law.

        Dove had pulled Tan Nguyen over for driving three miles above the speed limit. Nguyen had to file a lawsuit to eventually get his money back.

        Dove was so proud of his highway robbery tactics that he would post photos of himself on Facebook, posing with his dog and piles of seized cash.

        1. No, his off duty behavior was when he pulled a gun on someone for a road rage thing and got arrested….
          He wouldn’t be termed for the interdiction stuff, he was probably close to retiring and they allowed him to go vs termination.

          1. My mistake. You are correct. Different issues, The interdiction stuff was still bad and highlighted the issues with civil forfeiture. My dog will sniff your cash and if it alerts….if? What % of cash has drug residue according to the treasure dept? Last I heard was 75-90%

          2. My mistake. You are correct. Different issues, The interdiction stuff was still bad and highlighted the issues with civil forfeiture. My dog will sniff your cash and if it alerts….if? What % of cash has drug residue according to the treasure dept? Last I heard was 75-90%

          3. Actually the indicators on the stop were sufficient for the seizure. The sniff is only one part of it.

          4. Hmmm don’t think so. Threatening to sniff cash and if it alerts, you will take everything, is a threat. Not a properly built case. When you threaten to seize cash by having the dog sniff the cash, you have nothing that will hold up in court. That is what he did.

            This was just , yet, another attempt to pad the police coffers. This stuff has become comical, even John Oliver did a bit on civil forfeiture. My favoutite clip was the cop taking 20k from a man on way to by a car off ebay and the cop stating in the report that normal people just don’t carry that much cash. He was interviewed by an investigative reporter about the seizure and it seems the office failed to mention the man wanting to by a car. When asked why he failed to include that as that is totality, his answer was what John Oliver said was what a 4 year old would give after having spilled slurpie on the sofa, “I don’t know”.

            If you cops want people to buy this nonsense, actually build cases properly. Hell there was one on yahoo yesterday:

            http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/01/judge-orders-government-to-return-167000-seized-from-motorhome-driver-visiting-his-girlfriend/

            It is such a great read. It just highlights what we all know of this awesome program you all defend. Cops engaging in legal theft!

            Yes I do think there are good seizures out there but innocent folk being caught up by greedy badge carrying whores is not acceptable.

          5. Hmmm don’t think so. Threatening to sniff cash and if it alerts, you will take everything, is a threat. Not a properly built case. When you threaten to seize cash by having the dog sniff the cash, you have nothing that will hold up in court. That is what he did.

            This was just , yet, another attempt to pad the police coffers. This stuff has become comical, even John Oliver did a bit on civil forfeiture. My favoutite clip was the cop taking 20k from a man on way to by a car off ebay and the cop stating in the report that normal people just don’t carry that much cash. He was interviewed by an investigative reporter about the seizure and it seems the office failed to mention the man wanting to by a car. When asked why he failed to include that as that is totality, his answer was what John Oliver said was what a 4 year old would give after having spilled slurpie on the sofa, “I don’t know”.

            If you cops want people to buy this nonsense, actually build cases properly. Hell there was one on yahoo yesterday:

            http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/01/judge-orders-government-to-return-167000-seized-from-motorhome-driver-visiting-his-girlfriend/

            It is such a great read. It just highlights what we all know of this awesome program you all defend. Cops engaging in legal theft!

            Yes I do think there are good seizures out there but innocent folk being caught up by greedy badge carrying whores is not acceptable.

      2. And who was listed on the rental agreement? And lordy, he didn’t drive the route he should have…

        Personally, single or married, after winning 50K in Vegas I may have driven to Yellowstone. I’ve never seen Yellowstone. Married, I’d have my family follow with one-way tickets so there was no time constraint, after all I have 50K. So many red-flags for the people that know what is acceptable behavior, which is exactly how they would have behaved. Do you know who Mrs. Grundy is?

        BTW, Mormon girls are like Catholic girls, if you get the allusion.

        1. You’d have to look up the indicators in drug interdiction. Its not that complex and all the indicators fit on that stop for a seizure. Someone other than the person listed on a rental agreement as the (sole) driver typically voids the agreement. Some rental agencies will request the car be impounded if contacted.
          Yes, I’ve heard of her.

    2. The last time I picked up a sales car other than in California, I drove about 250 miles out of my way to enjoy the roads and countryside. With 50K in my pocket from Vegas, I might want to see the rest of Nevada, including Reno, and Northern and Central California, before going back to the familiar. Isn’t it funny how we think people should only do what we would do?

      Of course, he did get the money back along with attorney fees. I guess his questionable side route had no bearing on anything.

      However, I do understand that anyone that wins 50K in Vegas will immediately go…

      The dream of every American carrying cash, that big drug score.

      1. Map out the trip yourself. There’s plenty of opportunity to take in the scenery before he hits Clark County. If you ask just about any non-Nevadan about the Great Basin, they’ll assume everything is fifteen minutes from Vegas. His story was bogus and any northern Nevadan would have known it.

      2. Map out the trip yourself. There’s plenty of opportunity to take in the scenery before he hits Clark County. If you ask just about any non-Nevadan about the Great Basin, they’ll assume everything is fifteen minutes from Vegas. His story was bogus and any northern Nevadan would have known it.

    1. You’re a fucking idiot, he was fired and the man was returned all of his money plus legal fees. Your death will be one of the bloodiest things that has ever been shown on video. People being chainsawed to death on video won’t even come close to it.

      1. More threats, more paperwork, more emails. I use your statements to show how violent copblock truly is. I used your statements to get Amazon to drop copblock and it worked pretty fast. I’m going to send your statements to Disqus. With your help, I can get them to drop copblock and the domain copblock uses will drop them as well.

        1. You didn’t use anybody’s statements to do dick, you lying fucking punk bitch. Go practice your karate. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. Spastic Kangaroo motherfucker.

        2. Rofl, and how would any of that affect me? If Disqus didn’t want me to comment, they can very easily block the account. Nobody gives a shit about you or your death.

        3. JC. You are old news . You need new material. This may be the same reason you are single and more than likely always will be

        4. Funny thing is its a two way street.

          Every comment you have ever posted along with the IP addresses, is added to our list. Once were done with our freedom of information requests we will have the proof your using government funded computers and internet connections.

          Keep laughing. We’re going to own you…

    2. Who know’s. But considering the man got his money back, plus an extra $10 G’s for his attorney, I’m pretty sure it’s out there somewhere, genius. You may continue blowing your boyfriend now.

    3. If it were up your ass kicking footballs you would know where it was Dumb Dumb

  5. that is how a pig does things, happens every day in the land of the free hahahahhahah

  6. This is but one of many reasons why the asset forfeiture laws need to be scrapped. They are a license and incentive for cops to commit armed robbery. If you can prove beyond and to the exclusion of any reasonable doubt that money or property are the proceeds of criminal activity, after a fair trial and exhaustion of appeals, then I can live with that. But this bullshit where cops can just rob you has got to go.

  7. faggot pig needs wings just like that sheriff in texas that just got his wings …. #WINGSONPIGS#

  8. Cops have devolved to nothing more than criminal gangs. The only difference between cops and criminals is, cops have badges.

  9. According to t, this cop probably made a mistake. Gee, I wonder if half of it got lost in the evidence locker? It is a well known fact that you will find cocaine residue on a lot of bills so everyone is a drug dealer now.

  10. Search this mother fucker down and skin his family in front of him.

  11. What a shitbag cop, he should be in jail with three felonies

  12. What a shitbag cop, he should be in jail with three felonies

  13. Deputy . Your are still a pussy , even with a badge and gun. No wonder your wife cheats on you

  14. Deputy . Your are still a pussy , even with a badge and gun. No wonder your wife cheats on you

  15. Cops mericas taliban

  16. This is armed robbery.

    The cop should be in a wedding dress, chained to a pipe in the shower of a supermax prison.

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