Drug Investigators Bust Wrong House

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Gwinnett County police are apologizing
after drug investigators forced entry into the wrong house while
serving a "no-knock" warrant.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman says one of mistakenly
pointed out a neighboring house when they went to serve the warrant
in Lawrenceville Wednesday morning. Once the officers forced entry
to the house, they briefly detained a male and female resident
before determining they were in the wrong place.

Spellman says the search was halted immediately, and the department is paying to repair the front door.

Police say they then went to the right house, arrested a 31-year-old man and seized $24,000 in cash.

Spellman says houses in the neighborhood are on small lots and are very close together.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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