Victim of Civil Asset Forfeiture Reflects on His Fight

Posted: May 11, 2015 in Culture

Though the federal government and local police department contended they had seized the property because of the crimes committed there, Caswell believes they wanted to sell Motel Caswell for a profit.

And when Caswell filed a lawsuit challenging the seizure, a DEA agent confirmed his suspicions.

During depositions, Special Agent Vincent Kelly told lawyers that he was tasked with finding properties to be forfeited. Often times, he said, the agency wouldn’t go after a property unless an owner had more than $50,000 worth of equity.

Motel Caswell was worth $2 million.

“That’s what they were after,” Caswell said. “This had nothing to do with drugs. It was just an excuse to steal property from us.”

Full Story @ [Motherboard]

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