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Sun Apr 15, 2018, 10:10 PM

Secret drug raid by feds backfires in Portland: 'Someone could have been killed'

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, it turns out. And the agents deliberately made the confiscation look like a burglary, according to court records.

The harrowing confrontation terrorized Riley and turned a spotlight on a controversial ploy used by agents in drug cases to smoke out suspected traffickers. Oregon surprisingly is No. 2 in the nation in requesting what are known as delayed-notice search warrants.

The “sneak-and-peek” warrants, as they’re more commonly called, allow investigators to search a house, car, computer, other property or item, seize evidence and not tell anyone until much later. That differs from the typical search warrant, which requires police to provide immediate notice to property owners.

The delayed warrants mean agents can avoid tipping off suspects and jeopardizing an investigation, while potentially provoking them into revealing drug suppliers or other connections when it appears someone has stolen their cache.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/04/secret_drug_raid_by_feds_backf.html

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