Washington high court grants attorney fees in drug case

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) The state Supreme Court has ruled that a Sequim man who beat criminal marijuana charges is entitled to attorney fees after the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team attempted to seize his property in 2009.

The Peninsula Daily News reports the court ruled 6-3 in favor of Steven Fager after he and his brother successfully defended themselves against criminal drug charges.

Justice Mary Yu said state law requires courts to award attorney fees to prevailing parties in civil forfeiture cases.

That means Steven Fager is entitled to "reasonable" attorney fees not only in the forfeiture case, but also in the related criminal case he defended himself against.

Steven Fager said OPNET seized about $500,000 worth of property that his grow operation was on. He claimed he was growing marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

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