Asset Forfeiture Gone Wild

June 24, 2013
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BuzzFeed has a hilarious/horrifying piece: The 14 Most Ridiculous Things Police Bought With Asset Forfeiture

Just of few of them…

Michael McDougal, then district attorney for Montgomery County, Texas, spent over $400 on tequila, rum, and kegs and $139 on a margarita machine. The DA’s office even won first place at a county fair for best margarita. [...]

A sheriff in Virginia was convicted for bribing two police officers with $420 in asset forfeiture proceeds. [...]

Sheriff Bill Smith in Camden County, Georgia, spent $90,000 on a Dodge Viper for the county’s Drug Awareness and Resistance Education (DARE) program. [...]

[the same] Sheriff Bill Smith spent over $35,000 in forfeiture funds to pay prison inmates, including building a “very nice party house” for the sheriff.

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Pete Guither is the editor of drugwarrant.com

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