“This case was strictly a law-enforcement effort to crack down on what was seen as a pattern of using the motel to further the commission of drug crimes for nearly three decades,” Ortiz said in a statement. “We are weighing our options with respect to appeal.”
Of course, the real reason has absolutely nothing to do with drugs. Motel Caswell has had clients with 14 drug cases in 15 years, with over 196,000 rooms rented in that period, and many of the nearby locations, such as a Motel 6, a Walmart, and a Home Depot have similar, if not higher, drug crime rates. Why target Mr Caswell, a man pushing his seventies, then? Three guesses.
If you answered 'money', then congratulations! You have just won the Obvious Award.
Motel Caswell had several traits that made it ripe pickings for los federales:
- It was worth $1.5 million
- It had no mortgage, and therefore no banksters whose interests would be threatened
- It was not owned by a big chain like Motel 6, and therefore unlikely to put up much of a fight (and it would have gone bankrupt from legal fees if the Institute for Justice hadn't stepped in)
Hopefully Ms Ortiz will soon be removed from her job, and not cost taxpayers any more money, such as the half million that will be paid to Mr Caswell and the Institute for Justice for their legal fees.