After Having His Motel Seized by the Government, Victim of Civil Asset Forfeiture Reflects on His Fight

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From the Daily Signal, by Melissa Quinn, May 2015

Russ Caswell, owner of Motel Caswell in Tewksbury, Mass., fought the law and won. Now, he’s reflecting on his experiences with a law enforcement tool known as civil asset forfeiture as policymakers in Washington, D.C., and across states from coast to coast, debate the practice.

“The government tried to take [Motel Caswell] based on just a handful of drug activity cases that they had that I didn’t even know had existed,” Caswell told The Daily Signal.

Caswell’s father built Motel Caswell in 1955, and in the 1980s, he and his wife, Patricia, took over managing the business. The motel, which they owned mortgage-free, was supposed to provide the Caswell’s with their retirement.

However, several years ago, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Tewksbury Police Department seized the property because guests at the motel had been arrested for drug crimes.

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