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Sunday, August 03, 2008

MD - SWAT Team Kills Mayors Dogs Over Pot

Just when you thought you'd heard it all....

Washington Post = A police SWAT team raided the home of the mayor in the Prince George's County town of Berwyn Heights on Tuesday, shooting and killing his two dogs, after he brought in a 32-pound package of marijuana that had been delivered to his doorstep, police said.

Mayor Cheye Calvo was not arrested in the raid, which was carried out about 7 p.m. by the Sheriff's Office SWAT team and county police narcotics officers. Prince George's police spokesman Henry Tippett said yesterday that all the residents of the house -- Calvo, his wife and his mother-in-law -- are "persons of interest" in the case.

The package was addressed to Calvo's wife, Trinity Tomsic, said law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.

Tippett said police are working to determine for whom the drugs were meant.

Calvo said yesterday that he did not know how the drugs wound up on his doorstep. He works part time as the mayor and serves as director of expansion for the SEED Foundation, a well-known national nonprofit group that runs urban public boarding schools.

"My government blew through my doors and killed my dogs," Calvo said. "They thought we were drug dealers, and we were treated as such. I don't think they really ever considered that we weren't."

Calvo described a chaotic scene, in which he -- wearing only underwear and socks -- and his mother-in-law were handcuffed and interrogated for hours. They were surrounded by the dogs' carcasses and pools of the dogs' blood, Calvo said.

Spokesmen for the Sheriff's Office and Prince George's police expressed regret yesterday that the mayor's dogs were killed. But they defended the way the raid was carried out, saying it was proper for a case involving such a large amount of drugs.

Sgt. Mario Ellis, a Sheriff's Office spokesman, said the deputies who entered Calvo's home "apparently felt threatened" by the dogs.

"We're not in the habit of going to homes and shooting peoples' dogs," Ellis said. "If we were, there would be a lot more dead dogs around the county."

Calvo, 37, has been mayor of the 3,000-person town near College Park since 2004. His wife is a finance officer for the state, he said.

The investigation that led police to their house in the 8500 block of Edmonston Road began in Arizona, officials said. There, a police dog at a shipping facility identified the package as being filled with marijuana. Prince George's officers posed as deliverymen and brought it to Calvo's home.

Washington Post


Randy said...

Today's Rocky Mtn. News (8/08) said that one of the black Labs was running away when it was shot.

The Mayor was quoted as saying that (it) appeared to be a show of force on the part of the police.

The article also stated that the police didn't believe him at first (that) he was the Mayor.

**Should these people really be carrying guns and badges??


Maybe marijuana laws are archaic?

Beyond the obvious, how much tax $$ was mis-spent on this particular fiasco?

not to mention the fact that the article quoted the police chief saying he was unapologetic re: the killing of the labradors...

his 'officers' felt threatened...

how pathetic

Anonymous said...

All of the police including the Sherrif should be fired right away. How could the sherrif not know it was his mayors house??? It appears George Bush and Cheney have made a police state out of this country. Where are our congressmen who should have impeached both when they started a war with Iraq.djw

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