Who Pays When The DEA Destroys Your Vehicle And Kills Your Employee During A Botched Sting? Hint: Not The DEA

The DEA likes to borrow stuff. It’s just not very good about returning borrowed items in the same shape it got them.

Like a woman’s Facebook account.

Or a businessman’s semi truck.

And his employee’s life.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    This is a very bizarre story. The author didn’t provide any illumination as to how the deceased employee hooked up with the DEA in the first place.

    Patty’s truck was impounded by the DEA. After it was released to him, it was out of service for several months as it underwent more than $100,000-worth of repairs.

    $100,000 worth of repairs?! This makes no sense. You don’t blow $6000 to replace the engine on a car that’s only worth $4000 — you get a new car.

    • It was a tractor trailer combo, pretty new looking too. I located an actual picture and have posted it.

      • FactsWillOut

        A used 6-cyl big rig engine that can turn, but not necessarily run goes for over 15 grand, without the starter, AC compressor and alternator and fan hub.

  • FactsWillOut

    The feds cause more damage and theft/year than all the ‘gers put together.

    • Uncle_Waspy

      The crux of the article is solid; that these federal agencies are mini-tyrants who run roughshod over citizens’ rights with total impunity. They get to run around playing soldier with their expensive toys being all “tacticool”.

      It’s a very disturbing trend, one which Mark Steyn has written about several times. Even the Dept. of Education has its own SWAT team! He said something to the effect of…..Bureaucracy is bad. Politicized bureaucracy is much worse. Politicized, militarized bureaucracy is insane and evil.

      • FactsWillOut

        You will find the same sort of thing at state and municipal level, as well.
        At the state level, they can be just as brutal (eminent domain, property seizure), at the municipal level, they just fine folk into oblivion.

        • Uncle_Waspy

          Right. The “eminent domain” concept has been completely perverted. It used to be that the government acquired land for projects that would benefit the common good……bridges, highways, etc. Now, “common good” has come to mean “tax revenue collection”. So if a strip mall will generate much more tax revenue than a farm house with 20 acres of property, they can snatch it up…….and pay the owner of the property whatever they feel is appropriate compensation based upon the recommendations of their own appraiser.

          Maybe it was always this way.

          • FactsWillOut

            It has indeed always been this way.
            Some try to pin the demise of freedom in the USA on the Civil War, which robbed states of states’ rights.
            Myself, I think it started immediately after the founding, with the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791.
            Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.

          • Minicapt

            George Washington signed the bill that created the taxes.


          • Justin St.Denis

            Because of Tommy Douglas.

          • Uncle_Waspy

            Well, Tommy was a progressive prick. But in all fairness, this issue of government intrusion can’t be laid at his feet. It goes way beyond that, and it’s non-partisan.

            “Conservatives” like the tax revenues too.

  • DMB

    The DEA should have insurance to pay for damage they cause.

    • Uncle_Waspy

      Why should the DEA pay for insurance when they’re clearly above the law?

      • FactsWillOut

        Well, it would get more actors in the private sector paying for the depredations of the government, for starters.
        Call it a tax, like the ACA.