Justice: High Price for California Gold

High Price for California Gold

Rique and Natasha Kuru had no idea when they purchased their 208-acre ranch in Northern California's Mendocino County last year that they were picking a choice parcel for the Federal Government. But the Drug Enforcement Administration agents who caught them tending an estimated $52,000 worth of homegrown marijuana last October were armed with more than a search warrant. Under the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, which authorizes lawmen to confiscate property used to commit crime, the Kurus faced not only prison but loss of their land.

Last week the couple signed over the $115,000 ranch in an unusual deal that...

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