Schwagstock, former Camp Zoe
FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2007:
St. Louis' own, The Schwag, plays the farewell show to a sold out crowd at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis.
Campers enjoy Sinking Creek at Camp Zoe.
Echo Bluffs on the Sinking Creek at Camp Zoe
campground in Shannon County.
Grateful Dead music lovers will no longer be truckin' down to Shannon County for outdoor music festivals if three law enforcement agencies get their way in federal court.
On Monday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the Missouri Highway Patrol and the U.S. Attorney's Office filed a joint complaint in the Eastern District of Missouri asking to seize the 350-acre Zoe Farm, alleging rampant drug dealing and drug use at events.
According to its website, the farm, called Camp Zoe, is located 150 miles southwest of St. Louis near Salem and hosts a popular Grateful Dead festival call Schwagstock every year, as well as biker and pagan rallies and individual concerts. Once a popular summer camp for kids, the property was purchased in 2004 by Jimmy Tebeau, a member of the Schwag, a Grateful Dead tribute band. He opened the grounds to recreational camping and float trips and began hosting the festivals soon after the purchase.
Tebeau has not been charged with a crime. Nor would he have to be for the court to approve the seizure of the property under a civil asset forfeiture law that enables the federal government to take property that is relied upon by criminals as part of an illegal money-making enterprise. The complaint values the farm at $600,000.
It appears that the law enables the government to bully innocent property owners and take land, money and homes nearly at will.
One doesn't even need to be accused of a crime, let alone convicted of one to be threatened with the loss of everything you own.
Tebeau discovered this week that officials had cleaned out his bank account, yet he has not been served legal notice on that forfeiture.
The farm remains in Tebeau's ownership pending the outcome of the case.. Click Here for more info.
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Shot from the soundboard showing the full production. www.campzoe.com
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