Man, son guilty of drug deals ordered to forfeit their home

Profit from sale of house to fund law enforcement

September 12, 2000|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Westminster father and son convicted in 1998 of cocaine possession and running a drug operation from their Carroll County home have forfeited their house to the state, authorities said yesterday.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. ordered the property at 805 Ewing Drive forfeited to the state, meaning the house will be sold by the mortgage holder and "excess proceeds will go into the state's general fund to be used for future law enforcement efforts," Cpl. Rob Maroney, a state police spokesman, said yesterday.

The owner, Alan Hoshall, 47, and his son Michael, 26, were living in the home in The Greens of Westminster in August 1997 when state and local police in Westminster obtained a warrant and raided the house.

Cocaine, marijuana, LSD, hashish and ecstasy were seized during the raid, and the Hoshalls were arrested, according to police and court documents.

The key evidence against them was an elementary school composition book that listed details of their drug transactions, prosecutors said after both men pleaded not guilty but agreed to accept the state's version of the facts against them.

In a plea agreement, Alan Hoshall's maximum prison term was set at four years and his son's 18 months. All other related charges were dropped, but prosecutors from the Maryland Attorney General's Office filed to have the house forfeited because the elder Hoshall used his primary residence as a center for drug trafficking. Depending on age, style and condition, houses in The Greens of Westminster are selling for $80,000 to $140,000, said Gary Haines of Haines Realty in the 140 Village Shopping Center.

Both men have completed their sentences and have been released on probation.

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