Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Castles made of sand

Here's an update on our story about Operation Sandshaker. Domingo "Chino" Gonzalez, 38, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lacey Collier to a 17-year, seven month federal prison sentence for supplying the so-called cocaine ring that consisted mainly of middle-aged, middle-income drug users.

Of the 53 arrests, ten were charged federally and received sentences from probation to the 15 years given to "Jackie" Seale III, the other alleged "king pin" while Linda Taylor Murphy, owner of the Sandshaker Lounge & Package Store for which the drug sting was named, remains to be sentenced.

The other 41 defendants are facing state charges. Six have pleaded no contest to possession and other charges and two have been sentenced, one to 60 days in jail and the other to 30 days on work release.

So essentially, the government ruined 53 lives, spent hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars to "protect" you from these small time recreational users and for what? Well there is this:

Gonzalez also has agreed to forfeit property used to facilitate the conspiracy, as well as all proceeds he derived from it.

The cops get a thousands of dollars in forfeited assets for their own benefit and the taxpayer foots the bill not only for the arrests but also the incarceration costs and in lost tax revenues from defendants who no doubt lost jobs as a result of being arrested.

Meanwhile, since your law enforcement officers are so busy busting small time consumers, your government wants to create a police state by using military personnel to fill civilian enforcement positions. This is how fascism begins...


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