Suspects say property was illegally seized in Love Co. horse racing bust

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

LOVE COUNTY, Okla. -- Property seized by authorities in a 2007 summer raid in Love County is the subject of a court hearing involving the state. On Thursday, attorneys for suspects arrested in the bust of an illegal horse racing operation claim that some property was illegally taken by authorities.

Ardmore attorney Darryl Roberts is representing several suspects who were arrested in last summer’s raid. Roberts argues that horses, cash, and other personal items were wrongfully taken by the authorities during that raid, but a state spokesman says the raid was conducted properly

The raid at the Red River Racing Grounds in Love County last summer was dramatic, to say the least, but Ardmore attorney Darryl Roberts says some items taken during the seizure such as horses, vehicles, and money were illegally taken from his clients by the state.

"It was pointed out in court a grandmother with a three-year-old babysitting, she was pulled at gunpoint and searched. They had no probable reason to be doing things like that," Roberts says of authorities.

During the court proceedings, Roberts argued that the items seized were not properly filed. His clients were not notified of their property seized, and the state did not follow proper state statues during the raid.

"We fully believe the raid and all seizures and arrests were conducted with state statue and were going to defend the actions of law enforcement." says Charlie Price at the Oklahoma State Attorney General's Office.

The battle will continue for both sides. The judge said Thursday a trial date for the properties in question will be set in may, giving each side three months to prepare and defend their claims.

"Our discovery will be to require the state of Oklahoma to identify the people who took this property and whom they took it," Roberts says.

"The state does believe and will continue to pursue our forfeiture cases in instances where people were violating the law," Price says of the matter.

Roberts believes ten horses were wrongfully taken. Each side will have until March 10 to file their claims. A trial date will be set on May 14.


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  • by Response to Anonymous on Mar 3, 2008 at 06:18 PM
    Contact the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, F.B.I., District Attorney,U.S. Attorney, or the Drug Enforcement Administration. A sheriff in your county was investigated by the D.A. and F.B.I. in 1997, which resulted in removal from office and criminal charges. If you have evidence please contact someone. If you don't and are just some druggie running your mouth, then disregard this.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2008 at 03:50 PM
    Yep, I'm obviously a druggie. I love how pointing out bad apples makes you anti-law enforcement, too. Just who would I report the cops that do things like that too? And why on earth would I want to make my life a living hell by telling on bad cops?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2008 at 02:32 PM
    Anonymous: If you have any evidence to support those allegations and fail to report them, then you are an even bigger criminal and hypocrite. If not, then you are simply a loudmouth who bashes law enforcement, more often than not, because you are a druggie.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2008 at 05:28 PM
    So a crack house=an illegal horse race? Smart. I'd "bet" that the amount of money seized and the amount the cops turned in was slightly different, too. Like how lots of drug busts around here get bumped down to misdemeanor possession because certain cops pocketed most of it, and the druggies aren't about to argue that they actually had more. Or is that just a problem we have in Marshall county?
  • by 400 lb Gorilla Location: Sherman Zoo on Feb 29, 2008 at 02:13 PM
    That's a good point Mork! Most tags will be from Texas. That's cause Okies can't afford to gamble, you know, with a state income tax, having your property seized, etc.
  • by Ann Location: Texas on Feb 29, 2008 at 11:44 AM
    I know for a fact that the sign shown in the video showing "gambling allowed" is a fake..the sign read gambling and firearms not allowed!
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Feb 29, 2008 at 08:59 AM
    Don't worry about the Indian casinos in Oklahoma, their full of Texans. Just check out the tags on the cars next time you drive through the parking lot.
  • by OK Location: oklahoma on Feb 29, 2008 at 05:32 AM
    This is just more glory hunting by the cops and the state. Oh and by the way do not forget the money.Plus gambling is a really addictive and ruins alot of peoples lives. I am proud of the state for not letting this happen in Oklahoma! Oh wait I forgot about the Indian Casinos on every corner.
  • by Texas Location: Grayson on Feb 28, 2008 at 07:42 PM
    Good for Oklahoma. In Texas you lose everything for illegal activities that produce profits in which you buy additional properties. As for the grandmother complaining about being searched--so what. If you were at an illigal crack house you would have been searched. Charges should be filed against the grandmother for having a child at an illegal activity. It is long overdue that the hispanics realize there are laws that to live in the US you MUST follow just like a US citizen. They believe there are two ways to live. By their rules for them only and US rules for US citizens. Don't give up the fight in Oklahoma.
  • by kelly on Feb 28, 2008 at 07:42 PM
    by gosh,they are the law and they can do or take whatever they feel like
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