A US judge has ordered more than $1 million be returned to a woman who saved it a dollar at a time as an exotic dancer.The money was confiscated by police in Nebraska during a routine traffic stop, US ABC News reports.The money belongs to Tara Mishra, 33, who put aside her earning for 15 years from when she began dancing at age 18. She planned to use the money to begin a business and leave stripping behind.The money was seized by state police in March 2012 when they pulled over friends of Mishra, Rajesh and Marina Dheri, for speeding. The Dheris were in possession of the cash in order to purchase a nightclub in New Jersey that would be half-owned by them and half-owned by Mishra. Police suspected the money, tied with hair bands in $10,000 bundles and stored in plastic bags, was the proceeds from drug dealing. It was discovered in the boot when a search was performed on the Dheri’s rented car."The government failed to show a substantial connection between drugs and the money," US District Judge Joseph Bataillon wrote in his judgment. "The court finds the ... story is credible ... Ms Mishra did have control over the money and directed the Dheris to deliver the money to New Jersey for the purchase of the business."Judge Bataillon ordered Mishra receive cash or a check in the value of US$1,074,000 with interest.