Arizona Court Upholds Seizures of Western Union Funds Tied to Human Smuggling

By Matt Squire

Arizona investigators are free to seize Western Union money transfers believed to be tied to human smuggling operations, even when the transfers originated from other states, a state court said. The decision follows the granting of a September 2006 warrant that allowed investigators to seize Western Union money transfers from 29 states to money transfer agents in Mexico. The Arizona Superior Court quashed the warrant in January 2007, stating that law enforcement agents did not have the jurisdiction to seize funds neither sent from nor received in Arizona. But on July 1, the Arizona Court of Appeals said that the...