Search Warrant Information Determined to be Incorrect #GVCopBeat

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MESA COUNTY, COLORADO – In the early hours of this morning, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department received information about a large amount of methamphetamine at a home in Clifton. The reporting party provided detailed information regarding the amount of drugs in the home and where they were located, as well as information regarding firearms in the home. The reporting party was able to provide an exact address of the home, using a GPS map.

Based on this information, surveillance was conducted on the home, while officers with the Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Western Colorado Drug Task Force waited for a search warrant to be prepared and signed by a judge. Once that was obtained, officers served the search warrant early this morning.

Upon initial contact at the residence, officers received no answer at the door. As is standard protocol when probable cause has been developed that illegal or dangerous activity is occurring, and armed with the signed search warrant, officers forced entry into the home, using a breaching tool. During entry into the residence, several windows of the home were broken.

Ultimately, officers contacted the residents inside the address, and determined that they were not the suspects that officers were looking for. Further investigation determined that the suspects named by the original reporting party had lived at the address at one time, but had since moved away from the address, which was now occupied by a family with several children.

We are deeply regretful of the experience to which this family was subjected. We have met with the family, including the children, to explain in detail how such a mistake was made. We are currently in the process of replacing the windows that were broken, repairing the front door, and arranging for new carpet to be installed, as we are concerned about possible glass in the existing carpet.

Ultimately, the most important thing law enforcement can do after an incident like this is carefully evaluate what happened, and determine how we can prevent such a mistake from happening again. We will be doing just that.

We are so grateful that no one was hurt, and we want to publicly apologize to the family, and acknowledge what a frightening and disconcerting experience this must have been for them.

We are committed to being transparent in our operations, and that includes the bad, as well as the good. We appreciate the support and encouragement we receive from our community, and we remain dedicated to being worthy of your trust.

7 thoughts on “Search Warrant Information Determined to be Incorrect #GVCopBeat

    Ricky said:
    September 14, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    So judges sign search warrants before the police try to validate a tip they were given? Sounds to me like you guys should at least find out if the suspect is still registered at the address before running in with guns. Word of mouth isn’t probable cause to endanger lives!

      Gabe said:
      September 16, 2016 at 7:10 am

      @Ricky Paranoid much? They screwed up. They apologized. I’m sure you are perfect, well except for exposing your paranoia for all the interwebs to jeer at.

    Bdw said:
    September 14, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Very heartfelt apology. I hope the family realized you are there to protect them and absolutely wouldn’t have done anything to put them in harms way purposely.

    Samantha Swingle said:
    September 14, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Since our local law enforcement is dedicated to the protection of our community I’m sure the last thing they wanted to do was frighten innocent citizens. Had they in fact recovered a large quantity of methamphetamine, we would be applauding them. I am reminded that so much of what they do relies on credible information from reporting parties. I hope our community stands behind them as they work to understand this event more fully. Thank you for being transparent.

    Deenise said:
    September 14, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    And hopefully the family was understanding and appreciative of the follow up care that the mcpd,has shown, was there a possible vendetta against current occupants?, I’m thank full that no one was injured, and hopeful that the correct residence turns up on mcpd screen before aforementioned drugs make it to the streets

    Kristi Guerrero said:
    September 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    that is the problem today we think that police do not make mistakes it happens,they are human. They are saying they are sorry what else could they do. Next time you have a dum ass comment why don’t you put the uniform on and try to make decisions put your life on the line to save someone you don’t even know or come in cotact with someone who does not care one way or another that you live or die. Who is the first person you call if your scared or hurt or some guy broke into your house the police. I’m tired of listening to all the stupid people about how bad they are.thought for the day stop breaking the law!!!!!!! If they make a mistake then accept there apology!!! Thank you all law enforcement for what you do for us 😘😘😘😘😘

    Larry said:
    September 16, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    No excuse for this incident. If the cops cannot verify that meth-heads live at an address, they should not risk such a violent entry. Cops, residents, even family pets could be killed in these situations. Their rush to crack some skulls could have ended tragically.

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