MMA gym owner faces federal drug charges

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http://www.lowellsun.com/ci_12775352?source=rss_viewed

HUDSON, N.H. -- The owner of what he once boastfully referred to as "one of the largest mixed-martial-arts gyms in the country" is facing a federal drug forfeiture complaint -- and possible criminal charges -- after investigators allege he used $60,000 from the large-scale sale of OxyContin in early 2008 to open and equip the Northeast Mixed Martial Arts Academy, and then sold drugs from the gym.



Although federal prosecutors filed a drug forfeiture complaint last year against the academy at 8 Industrial Drive, Unit 2 in Hudson, N.H., and its owner Scott Ledoux, of Manchester, the case was not unsealed until June 29 by a judge in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire.
 

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U.S. Marshals and Drug Enforcement Administration agents seized various equipment from the gym, including a fighting cage, medicine balls, training dummies, treadmills and other gym equipment, computers, sofas and chairs, and a 2006 Lincoln Navigator, a 2000 Mercedes Benz and 2003 Honda motorcycle, vehicles that were registered to Ledoux and might have been purchased with the proceeds of drug sales.

Either the DEA has been a bit overzealous in their confiscation of equipment, or Mr. LeDoux really knows how to stretch $60,000. He should write a book.
 

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Either the DEA has been a bit overzealous in their confiscation of equipment, or Mr. LeDoux really knows how to stretch $60,000. He should write a book.
Under the asset forfeiture laws, anything that was purchased with any part of the proceeds of the illegal act can be taken. A drug dealer uses his take to make a single car payment -- and the car is subject to forfeiture hearings. In this case, if the $60K was the seed money for the gym, and paid the initial down payments or lease fees -- it's all able to be targeted. The stuff is seized pending court hearings, and in that process, those who have greater ownership rights have a chance to get their say. For example, if the government is going after a car that the guy still owes money on -- the bank has first claim, and is either paid off or can apply their lien to the car and sell it themselves.
 
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