Department of Justice
United States Attorney Eastern District of Washington
Suite 340 Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse (509) 353-2767
P. O. Box 1494
April 5, 2011 Certified Mail - Return Receipt Requested
& First Class Mail
This Office has received information that the above-referenced property is being used to facilitate drug trafficing in violation of Federal law and that you are the owner of the property. At the outset, please note that the Federal drug trafficking laws operate independently of
Washington state controlled substances laws.
If your property is, indeed, being used to facilitate drug trafficking in violation of Federal law, your property is subject to forfeiture under Title 21, United States Code, Section 881(a)(7). Under the law, you as the owner/landlord may suffer the loss of your property
if you knowingly allow your property to be used for illegal purposes. Accordingly, if your
tenant(s) is using the property in violation ofthe Federal drug trafficking laws you risk losing the property to forfeiture. Furthermore, you may be subject to criminal prosecution for knowingly and intentionally maintaining a drug-involved premises under Title 21, United States Code,
Section 856(a). This criminal offense carries a statutory penalty of up to a 20-year term of imprisonment and up to a $500,000 fine, in addition to forfeiture of the property. This letter, in addition to the totality of circumstances relating to the on-going use of your property, hereby
serves as notice to you.
Your prompt attention to this matter is strongly advised. We trust you will take all possible steps within the next thirty (30) days to ensure that your property is not being used to facilitate drug trafficking in violation of Federal law. If you have any questions, you may wish to seek independent legal advice.
Very truly yours,
Michael C. Ormsby