A Spokane couple was arrested for drug charges after they were observed using needles while at the pumps of a local gas station. In January of this year the same couple was arrested for breaking into a home (and other crimes) after they moved into the house and began renting out rooms for cash. They actually repaired the damage they did to the home, completed some upgrades and forged paperwork to show ownership. On January 2, 2020 around 4:00 PM Spokane Police responded to a call regarding suspicious circumstances near the 5100 block of N. Elm Street. Upon arrival, SPD contacted Braiden Connor (27) outside of the residence who said he was renting the house for around $1200 a month, and had a rental agreement. He also mentioned he had keys to the house that were inside with his girlfriend, Jamie Esposito. While Braiden was attempting to get Jamie to open the door to the residence, SPD discovered she had an active DOC warrant for her arrest. When Jamie finally came out of the house with a rental agreement and keys to the home, officers asked who she was and she provided a false name. Jamie was placed under arrest for her warrant. Two additional people were inside the residence. They informed SPD that Braiden told them they could live at the location for $300 and they had no idea that Braiden did not actually have permission to be in the home.The old legal practice of Adverse Possession was designed for situations like this, where the owner no longer bothers to watch or maintain the house. Adverse Possession harmonizes with Natural Law, which strongly encourages all resources to be used for honest purposes, not hoarded or wasted. I suppose it doesn't work as well when the Adverse Possessors are using the house for explicitly illegal activities.
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