After using his truck without his permission in a botched sting operation, the U.S. government is now refusing to compensate the owner for the truck’s destruction.


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We’re here to help you: After using his truck without his permission in a botched sting operation, the U.S. government is now refusing to compensate the owner for the damages.

Commandeered by one of his drivers, who was secretly working with federal agents, the truck had been hauling marijuana from the border as part of an undercover operation. And without Patty’s knowledge, the Drug Enforcement Administration was paying his driver, Lawrence Chapa, to use the truck to bust traffickers. … Chapa was shot dead in front of more than a dozen law enforcement officers – all of them taken by surprise by hijackers trying to steal the red Kenworth T600 truck and its load of pot. In the confusion of the attack in northwest Harris County, compounded by officers in the operation not all knowing each other, a Houston policeman shot and wounded a Harris County sheriff’s deputy.

But eight months later, Patty still can’t get recompense from the U.S. government’s decision to use his truck and employee without his permission.

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  • Patrick

    This has been happening for YEARS.

    We lost a shipment for three months once. We called the shipper and he said he shipped it on time. We called the trucking company and they said they picked it up on time.
    A week after the shipment was a week late we got a call from the shipping company looking for their truck and driver.
    Then the feds showed up on our door stop asking stupid questions.
    A week later the trucking company called and said they didn’t know when they would be able to get the shipment to us but that they had found the truck and couldn’t tell us about it.

    Two months later a truck shows up with our stuff. All busted up and partly damaged. No explanation from the driver.

    It turned out the feds had busted the driver and decided to use the truck and shipment to make three other busts around the country. No compensation to anyone since they claimed everything was used originally in the commission of a crime.

    Sorry to hear the driver died in this case.

  • wodun

    Even law enforcement needs to do the right thing. They should provide compensation plus a premium and apologize to the business. Something tells me it will be easier to get the money.

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