Medford Couple Contests the Seizure of Property, Cash, then Plead Not Guilty
Jack L. and Suzanne M. Harsha have pled not guilty to all drug charges and are contesting the seizure of their west Medford property and $18,000 in cash in a warrant served on their home in the 1200 block of Douglas Avenue on September 27th of last year.
Investigators seized nearly a half pound of meth, a half ounce of Psilocybin mushrooms, packaging materials, scales, drug records, $18,000 cash and five firearms.
The U.S. District Court in Portland granted a stay on the affidavits supporting the forfeiture of the Harsha’s home and cash until the outcome of the couple’s criminal trial in Medford slated for this December.
For the government to win a forfeiture trial, prosecutors must prove their case by a preponderance of evidence, a far lighter threshold than “beyond a reasonable doubt” the threshold in criminal cases.