Drug dealing son busted, parents punished

Filed under: Just For Moms, Just For Dads, Alcohol & Drugs

24-year-old Thomas Roos was arrested four times during a four month period in 2005, usually passed out at the wheel of a car full of drugs and cash. Needless to say, the young drug dealer's blatant disregard for the law made the police in Snohomish County Washington just a little mad.

In three of the incidents, the car that Roos was arrested in belonged to his parents, Alan and Stephne Roos. The cops felt that the Roos' should take away the keys to their cars to prevent their son from using their vehicles. When they didn't, the officers seized the vehicles under drug-forfeiture laws.

At the time of these arrests, Thomas Roos was living with his parents in Bothell, Washington. His parents claim their son was leading a "secret life" and that they were unaware of his illegal activities. They say he routinely deleted voice-mail messages and even intercepted mail to prevent them from finding out about his drug-dealing arrests. When they did find out, his father claims he was "mad as hell" and bought steering wheel locks for the family cars.

Somehow, that didn't stop Thomas Roos and he was arrested twice more over a two month period, both times driving a car that belonged to his parents. That's when the cops decided to seize the vehicles. Thomas was convicted on five drug-possession charges and served six months in jail. His parents lost both of their cars.

Drug-forfeiture laws exempt "innocent owners" from having their property seized in cases like this. But when the parents went back to court to get their cars back, the appeals court ruled that people who "stick his/her head in the sand" don't qualify as innocent.

Pete Mazzone, the parent's lawyer, says "This is a bad precedent, this decision. The decision implies that parents should always be suspicious of their children, or they may have their property confiscated."

I agree with Mazzone. Maybe the Roos' weren't the most tuned-in parents ever, but I don't see how that makes them responsible for what their adult son was doing outside of their home.

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