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[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/05/05/texas.police.seizures/art.daniels.cnn.jpg caption="Roderick Daniels of Tennessee says a Texas police officer tried on his jewelry in front of him."]
Gary Tuchman and Katherine Wojtecki
Roderick Daniels was traveling through East Texas in October 2007 when, he says, he was the victim of a highway robbery.
The Tennessee man says he was ordered to pull his car over and surrender his jewelry and $8,500 in cash that he had with him to buy a new car.
But Daniels couldn't go to the police to report the incident.
The men who stopped him were the police.
Daniels was stopped on U.S. Highway 59 outside Tenaha, near the Louisiana state line. Police said he was driving 37 mph in a 35 mph zone. They hauled him off to jail and threatened him with money-laundering charges - but offered to release him if he signed papers forfeiting his property.
"I actually thought this was a joke," Daniels told CNN.
But he signed.
"To be honest, I was five, six hundred miles from home," he said. "I was petrified."
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