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Forfeiture roundup 10/2/2011

On October 3, 2011, in Drug War, federal, states, by Eapen Thampy

1. Tennessee’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security graciously provides this FAQ for people who’ve had their property taken from them (sarcasm intended).

2. New Mexico cops seize 102 pounds of marijuana and 28 guns from New Mexico resident. Money quote:  ”These are not your typical go-shoot-a-deer type of stuff. They are rifles a SWAT team possesses.” (where do you think the SWAT team got their guns? if you guessed SWAT teams buy their guns with seizure money or seize them from citizens, go to the head of the class)

3. Federalism is dying a slow, painful death as the DEA continues to raid state-legal Oregon marijuana growers. Quote:

Keith Rogers said Thursday he made sure the 20 people he allowed to grow medical marijuana on property he owns in the southern Oregon town of Gold Hill checked out under Oregon’s medical marijuana law.

Rogers, an insurance agent, said that didn’t stop about 30 federal agents from breaking down doors on his five rental houses, pointing guns at his wife, searching his house and the houses of five renters, bringing in a backhoe to rip out hundreds of plants, and seizing them along with shotguns, cell phones and a tractor.

4. Feds raid State Department contractor for awarding her husband’s company large contracts. Takeaway: aren’t these people at least entitled to a trial before you take everything in their house at gunpoint? Is this an excessive search? In any case, I look at this story as one of thieves stealing from thieves.

5. The Jackson County, Oregon prosecutor receives a salary paid directly out of forfeiture dollars. Expect to see raids on trumped-up charges authorized by this police state apparatchik.

6. Justice in domestic battery cases is now up for sale in Shawnee County, Kansas.

7. Cops in Camden County, New Jersey make no bones about where they get their operating dollars: “It’s just business.” Also, keep in mind that when the government says “drug forfeiture money” it’s fairly rare that anyone is actually convicted of a crime….so by definition the money can’t be “drug forfeiture money”. What they’re really saying is “we have a very profitable highway robbery business”.


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