Monday, February 27, 2012

Patients' house raided for marijuana by small army

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 5:41 PM

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At Bob Crouse's protest today, I talked to medical-marijuana patient Lynda Glandorf, who has been on the receiving end of some unwelcome police attention.

Last Christmas, Glandorf was contacted at her house by members of the Colorado Springs Police Department, asking if they could enter to inspect her grow. Glandorf, who says both she and her roommate have paperwork authorizing them to grow up to 30 plants each, declined.

Glandorf says she heard nothing further from the police until Feb. 10, when she found herself pulled over by a detective who had been following her for some way. The officer told her the department's Tactical Enforcement Unit was minutes away from raiding her household, partially based on another tip (that came from someone with a personal ax to grind, according to Glandorf). And he wanted to ask a few questions about its contents.

TEU did aggressively execute this raid, as seen in the camera footage below, breaking down what she says was an unlocked door. Preceding their entrance, a flash grenade was thrown; in a second video, Glandorf and her roommate say it burned the wooden floor and one of her five dogs' tails, and injured another with its shrapnel. (Most of these claims are made between the 14- and 16-minute marks.)

CSPD spokeswoman Barbara Miller says what Glandorf describes couldn't have happened, as the grenade doesn't produce shrapnel.

Lastly, the team comprehensively searched the house for contraband and found a handgun, says Miller. Glandorf still states that no weapons were present.

Upon returning home, Glandorf "saw that they just basically destroyed the place. And I ended up finding the search warrant by accident on the kitchen table," she says in the above linked video. "It was turned face down and it had handwriting on it I didn't recognize."

Police eventually took three pieces of mail and a plant clipping from among the pair's 48 combined plants. In the meantime, no charges have been filed, though Miller did provide this statement:

Prior to obtaining a Search Warrant, our officers conducted a “Knock & Talk” which is where they knock on your door and request permission to enter based on tips received. This affords the occupants an opportunity to provide the officers with any documentation disproving the allegations received in the narcotics tip. The occupants have a right to refuse entry to the officers and chose to exercise that right. While officers were not allowed in, they did report a very strong smell of marijuana once the door was opened by the resident. That led them to checking the electrical usage of the home which was found to be significantly higher that others in the area, {a tell tale sign that a “grow” could be underway} Further investigation and information led detectives to prepare a search warrant for this residence. This warrant was presented to a judge and found to have probable cause to believe that illegal activity may be occurring at that location. A criminal history check and other indicators were also revealed during a risk assessment prior to the warrant being served. Due to a history of criminal activity and the report of weapons being present, our TEU was tasked with executing the warrant. TEU was selected in insure the safety of all, to include citizens, residents and officers.

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