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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #669

>Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000 18:07:20 EST
>From: K9AUB at aol_com
>Subject: Re: They're watching you!
>In a message dated 11/19/2000 12:56:00 Pacific Standard Time, 
>Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:
>> So if they have any reason to suspect that you might be growing
>>  marajuana in your basement, they will show up to make sure they get
>>  their piece of the action.  If you were hypothetically growing pot, they
>>  could take everything you own into custody, drop the criminal charges
>>  against you due to insufficient evidence, and you would never get the
>>  stuff back.
>Absolutely true!  A few years ago, my vindictive ex-wife decided to cause me 
>some serious problems.  After leaving me (to move in with her boyfriend, a 
>local city police officer), she called the FBI and told them I was a 
>"big-time drug dealer."  It was not true; all I had were some aspirin in the 
>medicine chest, and nothing else.  However, 4 days later, at 7 AM in the 
>morning, I had a DEA and FBI SWAT team outside my front door.  They came in 
>with a search warrant (based on testimony from a "confidential informant") 
>and tossed my house, to include cutting open my mattresses and couch 
>cushions, removing the light switches from the walls, etc., all in a vain 
>search for drugs.  However, the locals who accompanied the FBI seized my gun 
>collection, worth around $10k.  Although all charges were eventually
>the guns were pronounced as "forfeited."  Although they never suggested the 
>guns had been used in any crime, and although all were owned legally, I
>did get them back, and I was never compensated for them.  I was also never 
>compensated for furniture and bedding destroyed, and I got to see my 
>photograph on the 6:00 O'Clock news being led out of my house in handcuffs
>being a suspected drug dealer.  It CAN happen to you!  (So long as the news 
>media says "alleged" and "suspected," they don't have any liability to you, 
>either.  Lovely.)

List Mom, are you out there?




           Paul Mouritsen.....mourip @ erols . com

                           Washington, DC
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