The Law: Search and Destroy?

Roofing Contractor John Conforti had just finished dinner when the bell rang at his $65,000 split-level home in Massapequa, L.I. There on the porch stood two agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs with a warrant to search for $4,000,000 in profits from the sale of heroin. Would he surrender the money? Conforti said he didn't know anything about it. The two then summoned some 20 more agents waiting near by, armed with sledgehammers, crowbars and other wrecking equipment.

They pried the paneling off Conforti's walls, tore up his living room furniture, ripped away aluminum siding, prodded patio tiles...

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