Supreme Court to Hear Case on Gambling Seizures

DEA took their winnings during trip


The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to consider whether two professional gamblers can pursue a lawsuit against a Drug Enforcement Administration officer after their winnings were confiscated by him at an airport.

On August 8, 2006, Gina Fiore and Keith Gipson were switching planes in Atlanta following a gambling trip when they were detained by several DEA agents. The gamblers were carrying a total of $97,000 in cash.

The agents—including Anthony Walden, the only one identified by name and the only one involved in the Supreme Court case—seized the cash based on the suspicion that it may have been connected to drug transactions.