Remember the Maryland SWAT raid of a small-town mayor's house in which officers shot the family's two Labradors?
Turns out that (1) the officers acted as if they had a no-knock warrant (that is, kicking in the door without knocking) and claimed that they had a no-knock warrant, but actually neither asked for nor receiver a no-knock warrant, and (2) cops haven't found any evidence linking the mayor and his wife to the drug trade, and now think that the package of marijuana addressed to them was meant to be intercepted by actual traffickers, not meant to be delivered to them (a fairly common practice of narcotics trafficking in areas where traffickers have people inside postal facilities):
The package was addressed to Trinity Tomsic, Calvo's wife. But law enforcement sources said last week that they are now investigating the possibility that the mayor and his wife were unwitting recipients and that a deliveryman might have intended to intercept the package as part of a drug smuggling scheme.
All of this, of course, ignores the question of whether cops should be engaging in door-kicking, gun-pointing, dog-shooting paramilitary raids of homes over a package of marijuana in the first place.
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