BILLINGS – A Washington state couple is alleging they were racially profiled by a Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) trooper after they were pulled over for speeding and subsequently had their car seized and searched for drugs.
Luis Wright and Ana Guizar, who are both Latino, were driving through Montana on the morning of July 22 when they were pulled over on Interstate 90 in Laurel by MHP Trooper David Moon after he clocked them going 82 mph in a 65 mph zone.
Moon, who is white, first approached Wright on the passenger side, where Wright told the trooper they were traveling to see family in Chicago. Moon then asked Guizar, the driver, and owner of the white 2016 BMW 525, to come back to his patrol car with him, where he asked her a number of questions.
That is not standard procedure, according to MHP, but is left up to the discretion of each trooper.
In the patrol car, Moon told Guizar he was going to give her a speeding warning but then requested to ask her more questions.
“Are you ok with that?” he said.
“Uhh, I guess so,” Guizar answered.
Moon then told Guizar he is on the MHP interdiction team, whose focus is to prevent drugs from crossing through Montana.
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