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FBI Agents Chainsaw Wrong Home Door in Drug Raid

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By Setrige Crawford, Christian Post Reporter
February 3, 2012|10:02 am

FBI agents stormed into the wrong home as a part of a no-knock drug raid in Massachusetts, using a chainsaw to rip open the door.

The agents were looking for a drug suspect last Thursday morning in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, when they mistakenly tore down the door of Judy Sanchez, according to Business Insider.

"I just happened to glance over and saw this huge chainsaw ripping down the side of my door," Sanchez said. "And I was freaking out. I didn't know what was going on."

What was going on was a drug raid by FBI agents who were looking for a drug suspect in apartment 2F. However, they stormed apartment 2R, where Sanchez and her three-year-old daughter lived, according to reports.

Moments after the chainsaw ripped through most of Sanchez's front door, agents kicked down what was left of it and forced Sanchez on the floor.

"That's when I heard clicking of a gun and I heard 'FBI, get down!', so I laid right on down," Sanchez recalled.

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She said she screamed at the agents that they had the wrong apartment, according to WHDH.com.

"I was screaming, 'You have the wrong apartment, you have the wrong apartment,' over fifty times," Sanchez said.

On a cold morning, the FBI agents opened all her doors, leaving her without a jacket, while her three-year-old daughter, Ji'anni, cried hysterically in another room.

"It was very cold, doors were open, they wouldn't let me get up to get my jacket or even so much as get my daughter. It was horrible," Sanchez said.

Sanchez said that she was ordered to get her three-month-old pit bull puppy, who was also terrified.

"So I got her and at the same time I am lying in her urine because she did pee on herself at the same time," Sanchez said.

Sanchez was left on the floor for over 30 minutes while her daughter remained in another room. She said she was scared she would get shot if she moved, so she laid still out of fear.

Once the agents realized they were in the wrong home, they went to the right apartment and arrested their suspect. To Sanchez's disbelief, the FBI had been investigating this suspect for two years and still couldn't get the right apartment.

They were dumbfounded.

"The looks on their faces when they knew they got the wrong door was priceless," Sanchez said. "They looked at each other dumbfounded."

An FBI agent came over later that day to apologize and let her know she would be reimbursed for her door. It wasn't good enough for her, as she thought it was routine and not genuine.

"I felt like it was a smack in the face," she said.

 

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