We’ve talked here often about the corruption that is an integral part of the drug war. There are a lot of corrupting influences, but one of the most egregious is the notion that law enforcement can go out and seize money for itself like some kind of mercenary army that is paid by allowing it to loot and pillage the enemies it defeats (or anyone else who gets in the way).
Americans for Forfeiture Reform has one more in the long list of abuses…
A Kentucky sheriff is on trial over how he used more than $43,000 from a drug-asset forfeiture account belonging to the county. […]
Hendrickson cited Garrettâ€™s use of more than $900 to pay his homeownerâ€™s insurance and nearly $600 to pay for Coca-Cola products. Thousands more, she said, were used to pay personal loans for former Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Buckler Sr., who became a Carlisle police officer before he was indicted earlier this year on similar charges. Buckler will be tried separately.
About $6,000 was spent to make drug buys as part of investigations, but there was documentation only for a $180 buy, Hendrickson said. There were no case reports and no prosecutions resulting from those buys, she said.
And this is just peanuts in the millions of dollars in forfeiture abuses – one that got caught.