Drug raid at a “narcotics” house with MRAP vehicle and SWAT team turns up nothing; gets viewed 3.4m times. Police raids consistently show up on social media or on the local news for the police agencies involved to prove they are doing their jobs and keep us in fear of “drug dealers.” The fact it was Facebook is an example, and this isn’t new.
In January, Sheriff Darryl Daniels of Clay County, Florida, had officers film the aftermath of a SWAT raid on a residence, but the statements Daniels made in the now-viral video don’t add up, according to a new report.
The video begins by showing a line of youths handcuffed and sitting on the sidewalk before showing a number of officers, some wearing masks over their faces even after the bust. About two dozen officers can be seen in the video outside the residence.
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The camera pans to Daniels. He tells the viewer, “we just served a search warrant on a narcotics house,” before proceeding to the front door. As he does so, the camera focuses on a smashed window.
The raid was ostensibly to find heroin and fentanyl, according to journalist George Joseph, who obtained records on the raid, in an article in The Appeal on May 30. Fentanyl is a dangerous opioid often mixed with heroin to increase its potency.
However, no opioids were found at the residence. Sergeant Keith Smith, a spokesman for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, said that they found 1.2 grams of a substance that they believed was heroin and fentanyl after a field test, but which more tests revealed was not an illicit drug at all.
A former Clay County sheriff’s deputy who requested anonymity over fear of police retribution told The Appeal that it came as no surprise that the officers never found any opioids. “Of course they didn’t, there never was any.” He went to say that that the faulty field test could have been avoided, but “the really good ones cost money, but those take away your probable cause.”