Sweetwater County, WY -- Multiple members of Sweetwater County's Joint Special Weapons and Tactics Team made an epic blunder last week when executing a search warrant in search of arbitrary substances deemed illegal by the state, crystal meth. As the heavily militarized team began smashing up the house and deploying flashbang grenades, they realized they were destroying the wrong home.
“It’s our responsibility to be in the right place at the right time; and we failed to do that,” Tom Jarvie, Patrol Lieutenant for the Green River Police Department said.
The SWAT team had the correct address which was 355 Fir Street. However, they were apparently so enthralled with the idea of breaking into someone's home to arrest them for selling drugs, that they forgot how to work the GPS and arbitrarily picked an innocent family's home to victimize.
But fret not, after breaking into the home through the front window and deploying a flash-bang at the wrong home, officers then found the correct home and arrested the owner for possession of methamphetamine.
Jason Normand, 35, was arrested Thursday, March 3, by DCI and charged with two felony counts of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine and one felony count of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver.
After their blunder, the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Green River Police Department, and Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation released a joint press release.
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On Thursday, March 3, 2016, at approximately 8:30 p.m., members of Sweetwater County’s Joint Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, at the request of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, executed a high risk search warrant at 355 Fir Street, Green River, Wyoming where individuals believed to be armed and in possession of controlled substances were located. This warrant had been issued by a Judge in Sweetwater County, who authorized the search for weapons, illegal drugs and other drug paraphernalia.
During the execution, some members of the Sweetwater County Joint SWAT team regrettably broke a window and utilized flash bang distraction device at an incorrect address. Immediately recognizing this mistake, personnel from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office and the Green River Police Department made contact with the homeowners and coordinated the repair of the damaged property.
As previously reported, the execution of the search warrant at 355 Fir Street resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine, multiple firearms, and the arrests of multiple individuals.
Jarvie said the address accidentally targeted by SWAT would not be released, citing concerns of maintaining the homeowner’s privacy.
Thankfully no babies were asleep in cribs when officers threw the flashbang into the wrong home. Bounkham “Baby Bou Bou” Phonesavanh, was not so fortunate when police wrongfully entered his house and blew his face apart with a flashbang.
Police departments raiding the wrong homes and harming innocent people in search of illicit substances is commonplace in the land of the free.
All too often innocent children, parents, and grandparents become the unwitting victims of the state's immoral war on what people choose to put into their own bodies. How many more unjustified state-sponsored murders will have to happen before America ends this vile practice?
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