Drug War overkill has reached an absurd new low. A 29-year-old Florida man was arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charges after a Drug Task Force executed a search warrant by taking his front door out with a battering ram.
Incredibly, an expensive, surreal two-month investigation “into the man’s use and possession of marijuana” was conducted by gung-ho members of the Okaloosa County Multi-Agency Task Force and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
The man, who is not in the Air Force, was identified as a resident of Whisperwood Lane in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, reports Jeff Barker at Northwest Florida Daily News.
Officers executed a search warrant at his home on September 3, the report said. They knocked, waited for what they claimed was a “reasonable amount of time” and knocked open the door with a battering ram.
But the homeowner wasn’t giving up easily.
The door initially opened and was pushed back closed.
Lawmen kicked the door back open twice, and the man closed the door each time, the report said. Police claim they announced the presence and authority “loudly and clearly” throughout the ordeal.
A search of the man’s room revealed 18 grams of “suspected” marijuana and a digital scale, according to the report.
The man was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstruction of service or execution of a search warrant.