Saturday, May 9, 2009

Drug House Raids

Recently one of my friends sent me a photo of a shotgun pointed at a door. The shotgun was rigged to fire at the doorway if someone opened the door from the other side. This was set up at a drug laboratory. Drug houses are so dangerous in so many ways.

The drug makers are often drug uses as well, so the consequences of their actions are not always uppermost in their minds. Setting a booby trap to kill another gang intent on ripping off your drugs or money may seem like a good idea, but what happens when a child, neighbor, or the police enter by that door? It would be difficult to hide the evidence of such a crime and the reward for it could be the death penalty or at least a very long prison term.

Drug houses can have needles, poisons, poisonous air, explosive or flammable atmospheres, as well as booby traps inside. The location can also contain drug uses who may be violent, and armed with a variety of weapons, knives, guns, and even a big pit bulldog. A raid on a drug house requires extensive planning and the cooperation of animal control, the fire department, paramedics, drug experts, and air units. A quick Google map to include air photos can help with planning and coordination of responding units. Drug houses are dangerous and officer safety is a priority; that's what the SGT Says.

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