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April 29, 2008

A Fishy Drug Raid

Filed under: Defending America,Justice/Law,War on Drugs — Psycheout @ 12:55 pm
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Fish TankNaturally the media makes a big story out of this: a drug raid gone wrong.  But they remain silent about the thousands of raids that send drug lords to jail and result in the legal confiscation of property that keep our police forces on the watch for dangerous drugs.

Brooklyn Park police were looking for a meth lab, but they found a fish tank and the chemicals needed to maintain it.

Oops.  But of course clandestine drug labs are usually disguised as something they are not.  A fish tank could be used to hide a drug lab.  Although sometimes, as in this case, a fish tank can turn out to be just that: a fish tank.

Adams, a 54-year-old former nurse who said she suffers from a bad back caused by a patient who attacked her a few years ago, was handcuffed. So was her 49-year-old husband.

“They brought us here and said once we clear that area, you can sit down and you will not speak to each other,” she said.

This is standard operating procedure.  Police must protect themselves from the often violent and unpredictable drug crazed folk they come into contact with on a daily basis.  If Adams had turned out to be a meth (death) cook, nobody would care whether or not she had a bad back.  So why is it relevant?

“Ohmigod,” Adams said as she recalled police breaking down her door and flashing the search warrant. “I just kept saying to them, ‘you’ve got the wrong house.’ “

“From a cursory view, it doesn’t look like our officers did anything wrong,” said Capt. Greg Roehl.

Sometimes people, including our heroic police, make mistakes.  In this case, no harm done.  The Adams’ should feel honored to have been able to cooperate with those who protect and serve.  As should we all if such a rare event were to happen to us.

Roehl said the drug task force was acting on a tip from a subcontractor for CenterPoint Energy, who had been in the home Friday to install a hot water heater.

“He got hit with a chemical smell that he said made him light headed, feel kind of nauseous,” Roehl said.

That’s exactly what one would expect when encountering a drug lab.  This subcontractor did the right thing and should serve as an example to us all.

“Everything this person told us turned out to be true, with the exception of what the purpose of the lab was,” Roehl said.

CenterPoint energy maintains the home was “unsafe” and it would have “irresponsible” for the subcontractor not to report it.

Absolutely.  Sadly the Adams don’t see it that way and are looking for a lawyer to help them cash in.  Whose side are these people on?  The police or the drug thugs?

“I could say that about my neighbor – I smelled something when I went in their house,” she said. “Does that make it right for them to go in there and break the door down and cuff you? I think not!”

Excuse me, ma’am, but you’ve got that completely backwards.  How are we going to win the war on drugs with such a defeatist attitude?  If we’re going to win, we have to stick together.  An alert nose could bring us that much closer to victory and send another criminal to jail.  Isn’t that worth it?  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

If a strange smell is coming from your neighbor’s house, don’t hesitate.  That could cost lives.  Call the police and turn them in.  If the authorities find nothing, no harm done.  But if they do and it results in another pothead or meth cook being sent to prison and their property confiscated, you just might earn a financial reward.

Even if you aren’t materially rewarded you will have the good feeling of doing the right thing to help win the war on dangerous drugs and will serve as a shining example to those in your neighborhood.  One should always keep an eye out for one’s neighbors, to help protect their property from outsiders or to turn them in if they are breaking the law.  We are all on one side or the other of that thin blue line.  Which side are you on?

– Psycheout

16 Comments »

  1. It sounds like these two losers owe the government to cost of the police time for taking the cops away from their duty thanks to these two’s lousy housekeeping. Typical of our culture or victimhood that not once does Adams ever consider taking personal responsibility for her own actions. How many robberies or how many assaults happened while the police had to waste their time searching the Adam’s apartment? People could have died!

    That couple should be in jail for misleading the police. They made the choice when they didn’t clean the fish tank and they should live with it.

    Comment by BJ Tabor — April 29, 2008 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  2. It sounds like these two losers owe the government to cost of the police time for taking the cops away from their duty thanks to these two’s lousy housekeeping.

    While I don’t think the couple should sue the police(or anyone, really), suggesting that they pay for it. The cops are already paid by taxpayer money, obviously. That WAS their duty they were doing.

    Honest f*cking mistake. Let it go.

    Comment by Dio Brando — April 29, 2008 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

  3. lol who cares

    Comment by Anonymous — April 29, 2008 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

  4. Do any strange smells ever emanate from your house Psycheout ?

    Comment by Pervy Gnome — April 30, 2008 @ 7:11 am | Reply

  5. Meanwhile, thousands of wealthy people are doing cocaine, but nobody does a damned thing about it. Despite being illegal, cocaine didn’t bother the government one bit until an affordable, less pure, more dangerous form called “crack” hit the market. Then, and only then, did they start actually enforcing the laws against cocaine use. And even then, they only bust up the lower and middle classes, and leave the rich drug users alone. Also, guess what? Abuse of prescription drugs is now higher than the abuse of meth and “street drugs” COMBINED. And guess what? Unless you have really good medical insurance, you have to be pretty well-off to afford Vicodin, Prozac, Valium, Ritalin (another amphetamine), etc., especially in the amounts that abusers “need” to get their fix. Drugs are not just a poor man’s problem–they’re EVERYONE’S problem, and abusers are in every neighborhood, rich, poor, or in between. Yet nobody ever seems to go after the prescription-drug users if their bank accounts are large enough…

    Tabor: It amuses me that YOU are talking about personal responsibility. This article is a clear example of why the War on Drugs isn’t working. When people can get high off of everyday substances, the only thing that can stop them is educating the children to a)not use drugs, and b)use healthy coping mechanisms to keep themselves from ever WANTING to do drugs.

    Dio: According to B4B, there is no such thing as “an honest mistake” unless it is made by themselves or King W. Kong. Let it go.

    Pervy Gnome: If there were, he wouldn’t tell us. Go back to buying Tauren milk.

    Comment by L — April 30, 2008 @ 7:36 am | Reply

  6. Also, one of the automatically generated “related posts:”

    http://deusdiabolus.wordpress.com/2008/01/11/more-innocent-victims-in-the-war-on-drugs/

    Thanks WordPress! I love your new feature!

    Comment by L — April 30, 2008 @ 7:37 am | Reply

  7. Hmmm, the same thing happened to me a while back, the cops broke my door in, handcuffed me and seached my house to find the source of the odor, and they responded in record time too, it had only been about ten minutes snce I farted.

    Comment by Arn — April 30, 2008 @ 8:49 am | Reply

  8. …Wow, either the mods deleted my comments, or my cable connection is acting up again. I’m betting on the former–after all, it’s a sign of honor here when a non-trolling post get modded out. It shows you were able to point out fatal flaws in the admins’ logic that they aren’t prepared to explain away. :)

    Comment by L — April 30, 2008 @ 9:18 am | Reply

  9. No, Pervy. But thanks for asking!

    Comment by Psycheout — April 30, 2008 @ 11:49 am | Reply

  10. L, comments sometimes go into the moderation queue and it may take awhile to get them out. As everyone knows, B4B is a free speech zone, so don’t sweat it kid. It’s quite rare that even the stupidest or foulest of comments get deleted.

    Apologies for the inconvenience.

    Comment by Psycheout — April 30, 2008 @ 11:52 am | Reply

  11. “B4B is a free speech zone”

    After all appropiate changes are made so that it suits the moderators.

    Comment by Arn — April 30, 2008 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

  12. Dio is right, honest mistake, let it go.

    As for Tabor’s stupid remarks. Keeping chemicals in the house for treating aquariums is not lousy housekeeping, it’s a necessary part of owning an aquarium, those people are innocent of any wrong doing and owe the police nothing. On the other hand, the police were responding to what they believed was a reliable tip, that’s their job. They did, however, go about it the wrong way. The proper procedure when given a tip based solely on an unidentifiable odor would be to put them under surveilance to determine if there is in fact any illegal activity going on. If they start breaking down doors everytime someone says “I smell something” they will soon be buried in lawsuits for illegal search (check for yourself, no state lists an unidentifiable odor as an acceptable reason for a warrant) and for property damage. And yes, if they damaged anything in that home they are responsible for reimbursing the homeowner, not to the tune of making them rich, just to the extent that the damages are paid for, if they damage an innocent persons home, they should pay for that damage.

    Comment by Arn — April 30, 2008 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

  13. Hmmm…I grew up in Brooklyn Park. Represent!

    Comment by ChenZhen — April 30, 2008 @ 10:24 pm | Reply

  14. It’s quite rare that even the stupidest or foulest of comments get deleted.

    This man is right, just this once– after all, Corker gets to talk about how he loves being racist, and Marty constantly blabbers about beating and raping his daughter.

    Comment by Dio Brando — May 1, 2008 @ 2:01 am | Reply

  15. Arn is right. Left untreated, aquaria tend to grow a lot of nasty algae, which not only makes your tank look ugly, it’s unhealthy for the fish. I had one of those Betta-in-a-bowl setups for several years, and I had to change the water and clean the tank out every week to keep algae from taking over. Getting out the net so I could safely move my fish into a small tumbler during cleaning was a Saturday ritual, and I had to use bottled spring water kept in the pantry, because if it wasn’t within about 2 degrees Fahrenheit of the temperature of the old water (which is nearly impossible to regulate with tap water), the fish would die due to the temperature differentials. (And this is Betta splendens we’re talking about here–a pretty tough species, as far as fish go!) I wouldn’t have been able to change the water nearly as often in a big tank that holds several fish. The only alternative to chemicals that aerate the tank and kill the algae, is to install an expensive pump and buy aquatic snails to eat the algae. The pumps require a lot of costly maintenance, and the snails breed faster than you would believe.

    Comment by L — May 6, 2008 @ 8:13 am | Reply

  16. Seriously?!?!?!
    Seriously?
    Seriously??
    Im only 17, As far as I can remember, probly about 5 or 6 years youngall the way untill my Biological father took custody of me when I was 15, I had the cops raiding my house CONSTANTLY, you know why? They had a reason!
    My paretns were Death Cooks, Crack heads, did every goddamn thing in the book.
    I was in and out of foster/groupe homes.
    Thats not right for someone who is still a child to go through, what if these people had little children living in their home at the time?
    The police would have taken them away from their parents for the WRONG reason.
    Like “L” said, their are more dangerous and horrible things going on and they are going after a mis*hap.
    I could have walked in there and told you what the fumes were, you know why?
    I grew up around that shit my WHOLE LIFE!.

    Comment by ToriEffinSullivan — October 4, 2011 @ 9:23 am | Reply


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