But, before we had the Homeland Security Act we had the War on Drugs and Asset Forfeiture. This Opinion Piece from The Boston Herald talks to the possible forfeiture of the Caswell Motel, just down Route 38 from us.
Not because the owners are doing anything anything illegal, but because crimes involving drugs have occurred some 30 times on the property, over the last 30 years. As the author of the piece in The Boston Herald says, the owners are treated worse than criminals, since they have to sue to get their property back, and prove that they are innocent.
The source of this link, the Instapundit, treats it this way:
Tar. Feathers. And obviously, you don’t want to locate a business in Tewksbury, or in Massachusetts, with this sort of thing going on. And given the involvement of the DEA, maybe you don’t even want to locate a business in the United States of America . . . .There are places for Asset Forfeiture, but this abuse is something we should all worry about. For example, if your 24 year old daughter, back from college with her degree, looking for a job, exchanges money for drugs on your property, you are at the same risk as the Caswells. For sure.
And, would someone explain to me how the DEA will operate the motel after they seize it? What impact will this have on homelessness in the local area? Will the Marshals Service hire the Caswells to run it for us? To whom will they sell the motel? And, how long after they sell it before they seize it again?
Regards — Cliff