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by Peter Moskos

July 31, 2008

War On Drugs: 2. Dogs: 0

This is crazy. I hate the war on drugs.

Here's part of the story in the Washington Post.
A police SWAT team raided the home of the mayor in the Prince George's County town of Berwyn Heights on Tuesday, shooting and killing his two dogs, after he brought in a 32-pound package of marijuana that had been delivered to his doorstep, police said.

Mayor Cheye Calvo was not arrested in the raid, which was carried out about 7 p.m. by the Sheriff's Office SWAT team and county police narcotics officers. Prince George's police spokesman Henry Tippett said yesterday that all the residents of the house -- Calvo, his wife and his mother-in-law -- are "persons of interest" in the case.

The package was addressed to Calvo's wife, Trinity Tomsic, said law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.

Just because this guy is mayor, does not mean he is not a drug dealer. Maybe he is. Maybe not. Maybe his wife is. Maybe not. I don't know.

I don't care!

Here is what bothers me (and this doesn't even include 2 shot dogs):

Fed Ex gets a package filled with marijuana. Dog sniffs it. Police notified. I got no problem there.

But then the police take over and deliver the drugs to the door?! And then they wait to bust down the door? Why didn't they just take the drugs? Oh, because they wanted an arrest. But they didn't make an arrest! Why didn't they just ring the doorbell? Because thanks to prohibition and the war on drugs, police are allowed to bust down the door of your home.

I just doesn't make sense. The police delivered the drugs!!!

Maybe we should all send drugs to our enemies.

Kudos to the local police for pointing out: "Berwyn Heights Police Chief Patrick Murphy said county police and the Sheriff's Office had not notified his department of the raid. He said town police could have conducted the search without a SWAT team."

The whole story can be read here. It's worth it.

p.s. I do like the quote: "We're not in the habit of going to homes and shooting peoples' dogs.... If we were, there would be a lot more dead dogs around the county."

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