MESA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The Mesa County Sheriff has apologized to a family for an early morning drug raid on their home which included busting windows and breaking into the home.
The Grand Junction Police Department received information about a large amount of methamphetamine at a home in Clifton early Wednesday morning. The person who called police told them about the large amount of drugs in the home, where the drugs were located and also about firearms in the home. That person gave officers the address of the home where all this was occurring.
Officers with Grand Junction police, deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Western Colorado Drug Task Force waited for a search warrant.
When officers arrived at the home, there was no answer and they forced entry into the home, breaking several windows in the process.
Once inside officers realized the residents were not the suspects they were looking for. Further investigation revealed that the suspects named by the person who called police once lived at the address but had since moved.
Now, a family with several children lives in the home. Two adults and five children between the ages of 3 and 12 live there.
The sheriff apologized to the family and explained to them, including the children, what happened and how the mistake was made. The sheriff’s office has replaced the windows, repaired the front door and will install new carpet.
The sheriff also said officers will evaluate what happened and how to prevent such a mistake from happening again. The sheriff also said that they are grateful that no one was hurt in the raid.
On the Mesa County Sheriff’s website, they included this statement: “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.”