Another Group of Victims in the War on Marijuana

In another example of drug war excess, officers raided and vandalized the home of Beach Park, Illinois resident Paul Brown on Friday afternoon of last week. The apparent impetus for the raid was a mysterious package delivered to the house 10 minutes earlier. Brown’s son-in-law, Wilmer Aries, received the package and noted that it was not addressed to any of the house’s residents. Instead, it bore the name “Oscar” and an unfamiliar last name.

Brown, a 58-year-old architect, explained that the officers with the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group broke down his front door in the no-knock raid, handcuffed him, and pointed a gun at his face. “The garage door was open. They could have just walked in,” he said. “They didn’t have to crash the front door down.”
Although the officers seized the package, claiming it contained marijuana, their two-hour ransacking of the house, including ripping out insulation from the basement walls, uncovered no evidence to incriminate anyone in the house and led to no arrests. “They were upset they didn’t find anything. When I asked them who was going to pay for the door they basically said, ‘Not us’,” said Brown, who noted the door on his luxury home was valued at $3,000 some 12 years ago and the lock set was another $130 from Home Depot.

Brown even noted that the officers, far from apologizing for their mistake, seemed to be congratulating each other on the operation with high fives and fist-bumps. His subsequent calls to the MEG were not returned, nor were calls from news outlets. He has hired a lawyer to file a civil suit and explains that he and his 77-year-old mother-in-law were particularly shaken by the incident. “She’s afraid to even take a nap on the couch now,” he said. “I can hardly sleep. It changes your frame of mind.” His lawyer, Christopher Cohen, characterized the Browns as “innocent bystanders in the war on drugs.”

As Reason.com notes, this is not the first time a wrongful no-knock raid was carried out in the U.S. based simply on the delivery of a package of marijuana. In 2008, the home of Cheye Calvo, mayor of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, was raided by a SWAT team and his two dogs fatally shot. The mayor complained, leading to an investigation, but as the raid was ultimately ruled legitimate, this will likely not be the last such incident.

8 thoughts on “Another Group of Victims in the War on Marijuana”

  1. should be a law against this, and there should be a huge civil fine to pay when this happens as well.
    To me its no different than walking down the side of a street from the grocery store and being told by an officer that I am walking down the middle of the street and failing to use a sidewalk, having both my wrists sprained as a result. When clearly I was not walking down the middle of the street nor was I able to walk on an invisible sidewalk or the visible one in which cars were parked all along. Causing unnecessary injure and insult to a person should not be allowed by anyone, officers or not.

  2. The American president Abraham Lincoln was always struggling w the two primary forces of creation, the ‘yang qi’ bright, positive and active force, and the ‘yin qi’… a dark negative passive force.

    Still, the man was wise beyond his years.

    Here is one of his most favorite quotes derived from Dr Li Ding, PhD and the ‘Epoch Times’ http://www.NineCommentaries.com

    “You can fool some of the people all of the time…,

    And, you can fool all of the people some of the time.

    But, you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

    ~ Abraham Lincoln, circa 1860

  3. This is for all of you Prohibitionists who think nothing can happen to you, because you Obey the morally bankrupt drug laws. Be sure to Tell the Police you back them when they come crashing through your door, right before they shoot your dog, cuff you and wreck your house.

  4. A “long train of abuses and usurpations” was cited in The Declaration of Independence as cause to form a New Government. The horrors and terror our people suffer today under the state are beyond the fears and worst nightmares of the people of British America. Oh, how our values and love of freedom have deteriorated since then to allow such atrocities to continue and go unpunished!

  5. The real irony of the prohibition of cannabis is that congress is instructed in the founding documents NOT to make any laws that are unenforceable (obviously against the will of the majority)….SO laws against possession or propagation of this very desireable weed are illegal.

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