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Originally posted by OhZone
This is not new. It has been going on for some time, all drug related.
If US would decriminalize all drugs, this would end overnite.
Incredible as it sounds, civil asset forfeiture laws allow the government to seize property without charging anyone with a crime....
Under civil asset forfeiture laws, the simple possession of cash, with no drugs or other contraband, can be considered evidence of criminal activity.
"Even if you're a law-abiding citizen who's never been convicted of a crime, local police are allowed to confiscate your property and money and keep up to 80 percent of it for themselves...
Eighty percent of property forfeited to the US during the previous decade was seized from owners who were never even charged with a crime! Over $7 billion has been forfeited to the federal government since 1985....
Drug Enforcement's Double-Edged Sword: An Assessment of Asset Forfeiture Programs described forfeiture as a "dysfunctional policy" that forces law enforcement agencies to subordinate justice to profit.
The Double-Edged Sword undercover researcher observed agencies abandon investigations of suspects they knew were trafficking large amounts of contraband simply because the case was not profitable....
..the narcotics units studied preferred seizing cash intended for purchase of drugs supplied by the police, rather than confiscating drugs already on the street. When asked why a search warrant would not be served on a suspect known to have resale quantities of contraband, one officer responded:
"Because that would just give us a bunch of dope and the hassle of having to book him (the suspect). We've got all the dope we need in the property room, just stick to rounding up cases with big money and stay away from warrants."
Originally posted by digger2381
reply to post by KSPigpen
What would happen in the case of legalization of all drugs is these same criminals would use their criminal empires to move onto more dangerous options, such as armed robbery, kidnapping, extortion, arms dealing, hijacking, contract killing, etc. Some may even go into politics. And the last thing needed is more criminals in government.
Originally posted by OhZone
They are in politics.
As to your other suggestion there.....you are making up things.
Don't you think that if we can assassinate world leaders that a few "drug lords" would be no problem? We could likely clean out the whole nest of varmints with minimal effort. If the so-called "war on drugs" was serious it would have been over a long time ago.
The whole war machine could stand to have some education on how to fight a war to win.