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Police action in California sparks local anger

The tactics employed by police officers and federal agents during a recent series of drug and gun raids in California have been harshly criticized by some members of the communities involved. One Tracy resident told reporters that his home had been ransacked and his 9-year-old son left shaken after a SWAT team surrounded his home with weapons drawn on March 26. Reports indicate that police had arrived at the residence to execute the arrest warrant of a 26-year-old man alleged to be involved in drug and illegal weapons sales.

The man was one of several suspected gang members taken into custody during five separate operations by members of the Manteca, Tracy, Ceres and Pleasanton police departments supported by the California Highway Patrol and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The five raids were the culmination of a yearlong multiagency operation that began as an investigation into street drug sales and developed into a narcotics and stolen weapons probe.

A Tracy Police Department representative defended the operation and the behavior of the officers involved by pointing out that individuals who deal in drugs and illegal firearms are a danger to the community and have good reason to elude law enforcement. He also announced that 36 illegal guns had been recovered at the five scenes.

When presented with facts like these, experienced criminal defense attorneys may pay particular attention to the documents police presented. Drugs seized during raids are often the most compelling evidence against individuals accused of committing drug crimes, but such evidence may be ruled inadmissible if search warrants were issued without sufficient probable cause or police crossed boundaries established by the issuing judge.

Source: Fox 40, Five Suspected Gang Members Arrested in Tracy, Stockton Police Raids, Kay Recede, March 26, 2019Source: CBS Sacramento, 5 Alleged Gang Members Arrested In Multi-Agency Investigation, 36 Guns Seized, Rachel Wulff, March 26, 2019

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