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Tewksbury motel owner glad to close book on seizure threat

For the first time in more than three years, the Caswell family can plan for the future, knowing their greatest asset — the Motel Caswell in Tewksbury — is free from the threat of seizure by US Attorney Carmen Ortiz.  

In a written decision handed down last week, US Magistrate Judge Judith Gail Dein dismissed the federal prosecutor’s bid to seize the family’s 56-room motel under a little-known civil forfeiture law that allows the government to seize property linked to drug crimes, even if the owner of the property is not charged with any crime.

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