Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Eapen Thampy, Americans for Forfeiture Reform

From Michigan Live:

Members of a local family said they are upset after eight BAYANET officers broke open their front door Monday night, ransacking the home to seize marijuana, cash and property.

Pot supporters, some from outside of Saginaw County, responded to offer support to the family.

Richard Markva, 42, lives in the home with his children, Tyler Markva, 17, Brittney Markva, 22, and Brittney’s 2-year-old daughter, Areigha.

Brittney Markva said she was sleeping and awoke as Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team officers used a battering ram to knock down the front door.

An officer with a rifle drawn led the team of officers through the front door, Tyler Markva said. He was put on the ground and handcuffed while the officers searched the home.

They were looking for drugs and had a warrant, searching the home to find marijuana in a few locations, totaling about 22 grams, Brittney Markva said, along with two digital scales and a pipe.

The officers seized the marijuana and about $1,000 cash Brittney Markva had in her purse and took her safety deposit box information, seizing about $3,000 she had at a bank. They also took a lease agreement and documents related to a new business that she was working to open in Bay City.

A BAYANET official confirmed that the agency executed a search warrant for narcotics at the Saginaw township home but could not comment further on the ongoing investigation.

She said she earned the money legally with a steady job, and she declined to share where she works.

Fortunately, the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team doesn’t get a free pass in the media or from informed Michiganders (Michiganities?):

Charmie Gholson of Ann Arbor, founder of Michigan Moms United to end the War on Drugs, also came to the Saginaw Township home Tuesday.

Gholson is against asset forfeiture and believes law enforcement agencies target individuals with assets for raids.

Gholson thinks asset forfeiture should come only after a conviction. She was at the home to speak with the family and offer support and guidance.

I’ve had the pleasure of corresponding with Charmie Gholson for a while now on forfeiture issues; she is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and founder of Michigan Moms United to End the War on Drugs.

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11 Responses to “Thieves.”

  1. #1 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    The article link doesn’t work. It probably just needs a leading ‘w’.

  2. #2 |  Eapen Thampy | 


  3. #3 |  A Michigander | 

    Michigander is the correct term for someone from Michigan.

  4. #4 |  Onlooker | 

    Thieves is right. It’s just as simple as that. F’ing thieves, right here in the “land of the free.” Yeah, right. Madison and the gang are rolling over…

  5. #5 |  demize! | 

    So I see they have broken up another heavily armed hardcore group of kingpins? Oh some pot and rent money? Never mind.

  6. #6 |  Mike | 

    BAYANET, an acronym to sound like “Bayonet”, a weapon of war. Direct evidence of malice aforethought on the part of the cops.

  7. #7 |  Kathy | 

    thieves is right! men in black with guns drawn terrorizing and traumatizing people with there paramilitary tactics. when will this all end? this drug war is insane. nobody in this house deserved this especially the 2 year old. thanks for not letting Baynet go un checked. a bunch of thugs that love this kinda BS.

  8. #8 |  egd | 

    $4000 isn’t really that much, the city probably spent near that much just procuring and executing the search warrant. They

    Taking the safety deposit box information and emptying out the bank, however, reeks of all kinds of 4th amendment violation (or common theivery, take your pick). Did they have a warrant to search the box? Did they have reason to suspect that there were drugs in the bank?

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  11. #11 |  judy | 

    10 BAYONET for a residential house? Maybe if mansion, surrounded by fences and alarms. And why couldnt it have been done during day? Others have been. Why wake people up from sleep with a gun pointed at their head. Thankfully, nobody was killed. Not even the dog. Sad day when under oz. brings in this kind of gunfire. Gustabo tactics. Do you think this 2 yr old will ever forget the police there in middle of night? NO. bayonet may have scared a child for life, and for what. would it be better to have a drunk living there, driving and killing someone maybe? No, there is mmj patient living there, with his children. Nobody is hurting anybody. Hope world wakes up and sees what police state we are in. especially in Sagnasty.