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DEA Raids Wrong Home, Innocent Man Thought They Were Terrorists

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WJBK) - Officers bust into a home in Sterling Heights, armed with a search warrant. The only problem? The guy they were looking for doesn't live there. Fox 2 talked to the man who opened the door, and was stunned by what happened next.


Ramsey Tossa is a lot of things. He's a U.S. citizen, a retired military translator and a proud father. But a criminal, he's not. Still, he says he was treated like one Tuesday morning around 2am when he woke up to find DEA agents banging loudly on the door.

"As soon as I opened the door, somebody grabbed me and took me outside and put me on the grass," Tossa said. "The first thing I thought was they were terrorists who want to kill me because I served in Iraq."

The DEA agents were executing a search warrant. Tossa said he started having what he thought was a heart attack. Paramedics took him to the hospital. When it was finally over, the agents took a few pieces of mail addressed to someone the Tossa's say they've never met.

The DEA says the person they were looking for is actually the landlord's son. He uses that house as his address. The Tossa's are demanding answers. The DEA tells us they are taking the complaint seriously. They deny anyone was thrown to the ground. They also indicate there was likely cause to search the house.

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/alexis_wiley/agents-raid-wrong-house-in-sterling-heights-20110730-rs


Added: Jul-31-2011 Occurred On: Jul-31-2011
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Tags: dea, search, fail, wrong, home
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