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Mesa County authorities raid wrong home in Clifton; Police apologize, replace windows and carpet

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Posted at 4:35 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 18:46:01-04

CLIFTON, Colo. — A Clifton family got a rude awakening early Wednesday morning when several law enforcement officers smashed their way into the wrong home.

Authorities in Mesa County expressed regret Wednesday for serving a search warrant on a home where a family with several children lived. The suspects they were looking for had moved out from the home before the raid.

Officers were looking for meth when they used a breaching tool to gain entry. They also broke several windows at the home.

Investigators received a tip earlier that a large amount of meth was at the Clifton home. The tipster gave investigators detailed information regarding the alleged drugs and possible firearms. A judge granted a search warrant after investigators performed surveillance on the home.

Law enforcement said they were “deeply regretful” for the mistake and will take steps to prevent this from happening again.

Authorities will replace the family’s windows and repair the front door. They will also replace the carpet in the home.

No one was injured in the raid.

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