Another week, another report of a botched drug raid.
A Bellevue man whose home was searched in an FBI-led drug raid — apparently in an effort to find someone who had moved away — filed a lawsuit today alleging constitutional violations.
Gary Adams and his family were distressed, embarrassed and humiliated when agents “battered down the door to his home and armed with assault rifles stormed into his house March 3 in a misguided attempt to serve an arrest warrant on a person who was not related to or who had ever resided with” them, according to a press release by Downtown attorney Timothy P. O’Brien, representing the family. “The lawsuit contends that law-abiding citizens’ constitutional rights are not, cannot and should not ever be ‘collateral damage’ in the government’s war on drugs.”…
Agents were searching for Sondra Hunter, one of 29 people charged that day with being members of the Manchester OGs drug gang. Ms. Hunter had lived at the address currently rented by the Adams family, but left months before they moved in.
The agents had an arrest warrant for Ms. Hunter, but not a search warrant for the premises.
There’s obviously a legal difference, but in terms of what happens once the door comes down, I’m not sure it matters much whether it was a search warrant or an arrest warrant. The police in Tucson say Jose Guerena was dangerous, thus necessitating the forced SWAT entry. But they had a search warrant for the residence, not an arrest warrant for Guerena. Here, it was the other way around. It’s guns and violence either way. And even if it’s an arrest warrant, it’s an arrest warrant for drugs. So they’re going to turn the place upside down, anyway.