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Pair Sue Over Search By Drug Task Force Agents
Helena Independent Record ^ | Oct. 23, 2005

Posted on 10/29/2005 4:14:47 PM PDT by Wolfie

PAIR SUE OVER SEARCH BY DRUG TASK FORCE AGENTS

POLSON - Two former Plains residents have filed suit in District Court in Missoula over alleged mistreatment by Northwest Drug Task Force agents, who searched their home for marijuana two years ago.

No criminal charges resulted after agents searched the home of Gabrielle Wescott and her daughter Annabelle Heasley on July 29, 2003.

According to the complaint, the women were mistreated, threatened, cursed at and terrorized during the raid by "three men dressed entirely in black with black hoods over their faces."

"At no point did any of these individuals identify themselves as law enforcement officers or members of the Northwest Drug Task Force," the lawsuit alleges.

The suit names as defendants 21 law enforcement agencies in five counties and "John Does 1-100." It says the women incurred medical expenses and suffered panic attacks and emotional distress, and seeks more than $1 million in damages.

The women's attorneys, Milton Datsopolous and Clinton Kammerer, did not return calls for comment.

Sanders County Attorney Bob Zimmerman also had no comment Monday, other than to confirm that he had referred the lawsuit to the county's insurance attorneys.

The Northwest Drug Task Force consists of officers from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Sanders and Mineral county sheriff's offices.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 5, but no trial date has been set. The plaintiffs, who now live in LaCenter, Wash., have requested a jury trial.


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To: WildTurkey

Sarcasm / reality check:

Constitution good. overreaching government evil.

Those founding father guys were just a bunch of pot smoking hippies - why else would they have put so many restrictions on the government???


21 posted on 10/29/2005 6:59:06 PM PDT by flashbunny (Ask yourself why some posters here use the term "uber conservative" like it's some kind of slur.)
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To: ctlpdad

"...government evil..."

"Government" in and of itself is no more evil than "guns are evil."

Governments and guns are means to an end; tools with which to accomplish something. "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men..." and all that.

The problem is evil people using government or guns (or both) for evil purposes.


22 posted on 10/29/2005 7:01:25 PM PDT by KrisKrinkle
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To: WildTurkey
Drugs good none of government's business, government that sticks its nose where it doesn't belong evil.
23 posted on 10/29/2005 9:32:52 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: Wolfie

It's also a place where this kind of activity by Police Officers can end up in a real gunfight.


24 posted on 10/29/2005 9:35:07 PM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (3-7-77 (No that's not a Date))
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