Mistaken identity

Raissa Tetanish
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Officers go to wrong house during drug bust

SPRINGHILL - A local family may have gotten a fright last month when police officers mistook their house for someone involved with the drug trade.

 

Staff Sgt. Roddie Macdonald, co-ordinator with the RCMP H Division Federal Drug Section, confirmed officers working on a two-month investigation into illegal drugs went into the wrong house during a Feb. 1 drug raid.

"At the time, we thought we were entering into the right residence," said Macdonald following the arrests of nine individuals.

"It was the night of a (snow) storm and officers made a mistake."

Macdonald said the house the officers entered was right next door to the one they were actually looking for.

"The civic address was one number off and it was the same type of housing," he said.

"As soon as it was determined that officers were in the wrong house, they apologized to the family."

After the apology, Macdonald said the officers continued on to the correct house, and even returned to the mistaken house later to apologize further.

"It rarely ever happens," he said, adding officers would have settled any issues with the family if there was any damage done.

While he wouldn't comment on exactly what happened inside the wrong house, Macdonald said in a situation such as a drug bust, one "would imagine (the occupants) might have been put on the floor."

Over six kilograms of cocaine and four pounds of marijuana was seized during the bust, as well as 20 rifles and a significant quantity of cash.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

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