August 30, 2021

Ameal and Jordan raise their two daughters together in Natchez, Mississippi. In spring 2019, Ameal was thinking about how he could expand his small trucking business he operated with his brother, Aalonzo Woods, from one tractor-trailer to two. He began circling interesting offers and found that, near Houston, he could buy a trailer meeting his specifications for a good price. Secondhand trucking equipment is usually bought and sold in cash, which led him and Jordan to pool together their life-savings to pay for a tractor-trailer. Those plans came crashing down when Ameal was pulled over for allegedly “following a tractor trailer too closely.” Now, the couple is leading a class-action lawsuit to end Houston’s unconstitutional forfeiture abuse once and for all.

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