Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Botched Drug Raid of the Day--Middlesex Sheriff Guy Abbott's helicopter drops in on a tomato patch

Botched Drug Raid of the Day by Radley Balko in The Agitor, Saturday, March 4th, 2006

It’s from 2001. This one reads like a bad ’80s comedy. A couple of older women are needlessly terrorized. A bumbling small town sheriff keeps screwing up on his “get tough on drugs” mission. The raid is all the talk at the annual oyster festival. Characters ooze with folksy charm. Oh, and a National Guard helicopter conducts a drug raid on a tomato patch. I see John Candy as the sheriff. The Middlesex County prosecutor has asked Sheriff Guy L. Abbott to explain a drug bust that went awry when armed deputies burst into the wrong home and ordered a 50-year-old woman to the floor.

“We moved out of Richmond to get away from this stuff,” said Estelle Newcomb as she described the Oct. 26 incident that has left her shaken and dismayed. CONTINUED.

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