Early Tuesday morning, federal authorities from the Department of Homeland Security allegedly seized 40 gray-market Land Rover 90, 110 and Defender SUVs in what is believed to be part of an ongoing case that has already resulted in 20 of the iconic SUVs being taken from their US owners in May of last year.

The important bit of that opening statement is "allegedly," as at least one of the victims of the seizure claims that the Vehicle Identification Number on his 110, which he purchased last year, is from that of a 1979 to 1984 model, with his particular example being from 1983. Police and the feds, though, apparently think otherwise, arguing that the truck was imported illegally shortly before the unlucky owner purchased it.

Jalopnik has the entire rundown of this sad, depressing story, including first-hand testimony of the seizure from the unfortunate (and probably former) Land Rover owner. Head over and take a look, it's worth a read.


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      SquareFour
      • 5 Months Ago
      Yeah, they don't have more important things to be doing.
      Neez
      • 5 Months Ago
      WTF, any way you slice it, a 1995 land rover has very little difference with a 1983 land rover, other than much less rust. Most owners do a GM V8 swap into these anyways, so emissions is the same. So essentially, this is just government nitpicking, and really solves very little of any impact to U.S. citizens. I'm betting it's not hard to swap vin number plates from older vehicles to newer ones. Most land rovers had problems with rusted frames and firewalls, and in england you can buy a brand new galvanized frame and firewall for very little money. I'm assuming that's what this is all about.
      jbm0866
      • 5 Months Ago
      Glad to see our government using tax dollars to crack down on illegal immigration! Oh wait..
      bbostic5
      • 5 Months Ago
      How about decreasing national debt instead of this crap
        Lantern42
        • 5 Months Ago
        @bbostic5
        That would require no more feeding the military industrial complex and a tax policy that actually makes sense.
      ConsigliereApollo
      • 5 Months Ago
      I REALLY want one of these. It's unfortunate that you can't buy newer ones in the states. =(
      car-a-holic
      • 5 Months Ago
      Without yet making the jump, I have to think the Feds are out of order/ out of control. We need to do some house cleaning and reorganizing of all those Feds. Especially the EPA.
        delsolo1
        • 5 Months Ago
        @car-a-holic
        I am tired of big government forcing me to breathe clean air and drink unpolluted water, just give me the environment of the 1960s or death.
          car-a-holic
          • 5 Months Ago
          @delsolo1
          So you agree a homeowner should be fined into bankruptcy because the EPA says they don't like your landscaping? http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/19/feds-target-private-pond/
          vegasstyleguy
          • 5 Months Ago
          @delsolo1
          LOL Good one you just spun the Bundy ranch crowds collective heads.I'd say brains but we all know that's not really an issue...
      S.
      • 5 Months Ago
      No wonder they aren't doing anything about securing our borders...they're too busy deporting Land Rovers. Gee thanks for keeping America secure, DHS!
        Pj Taintz
        • 5 Months Ago
        @S.
        so they can keep out illegal cars, but not illegal humans??? pathetic
          Doctor
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Pj Taintz
          Maybe we should "impound" a few of these "illegal humans" and send them to the crusher. I think the Southern Border Invasion would subside rather diligently.
        Justin Campanale
        • 5 Months Ago
        @S.
        Money speaks. Thank lobbyists.
        Lantern42
        • 5 Months Ago
        @S.
        You do realize you're talking about two different agencies, yes?
          vegasstyleguy
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Lantern42
          Of course they don't. It's all the same and it's all Obama's fault.
      churchmotor
      • 5 Months Ago
      Imagine if Obama would focus on ILLEGALS crossing the border by thousands per day. Instead of handing them credit cards and busing them to homes in the USA, he ENFORCED the laws.
      gary
      • 3 Months Ago

      This seems like a case of,"choke on a gnat, but swallow a Land Rover"? I would rather BHO deport illegal aliens than the venerable Land Rovers. I guess we should add them to the list of things we are longer "allowed" to own, like light bulbs. Gideonsword

      Richard
      • 5 Months Ago
      Good to see our government focused on the important law enforcement issues.
      Jim Blevins
      • 4 Months Ago
      And we have to worry about ISIS, Al-Qaeda and terrorists out sided the US? Give me a break, our own government is the terrorist we have to worry about.
      Paul Dickey
      • 2 Months Ago

      I'd rather have a cj8 Renegade Jeep myself anyway, LandRovers are nice though i guess.

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