Controversy over plan to target money laundering |

Controversy over plan to target money laundering

(AP) ” A plan to allow no-warrant seizures of funds on prepaid debit cards was defended Thursday by Nevada cyber-sleuths as a way to track down terrorists and major drug-dealers, but was criticized by opponents as clearly unconstitutional.

SB82, being considered by the state Senate Judiciary Committee, was pushed by Jim Earl, executive director of the Nevada Technological Crime Advisory Board, on behalf of Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. Masto chairs the advisory panel.

The plan was opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada and public defenders from Reno and Las Vegas who said it violates the U.S. Constitution’s 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.