SWAT serves warrant in southeastern Tracy
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Search warrant on Sharon Court
San Joaquin County Sheriff SWAT team deputies stand guard outside the garage of a home on Sharon Court as they serve a search warrant on Tuesday, Oct. 23.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Flash-bang grenades echoed in a southeastern Tracy neighborhood as a narcotics task force served a search warrant in the semi-rural area Tuesday, Oct. 23.

At about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the San Joaquin Metro Narcotics Task Force blocked off Sharon Court, a short street with large houses outside city limits, while a SWAT team served a narcotics warrant at 27918 Sharon Court.

According to Sgt. Tony McKee of the Stockton Police Department, which is one of the agencies that participates in the task force along with the county sheriff’s department, the drug in question was “probably marijuana.” He did not know the house’s exact address, but it was on the 27800 block of Sharon Court.

McKee said the SWAT team’s presence was standard procedure, though the task force was taking extra precautions Tuesday, as a sheriff’s deputy was shot last week while serving a warrant in Stockton.

“It’s very dangerous,” McKee said. “Guns and drugs often coincide with one another.”

As of 2:15 p.m., officers had ripped off the garage door of the house at the end of the court, which is lined with landscaped front yards and manicured lawns.

Officers had also used a K-9 team, set off at least four flash-bang grenades and spoken through a megaphone to urge anyone inside to leave the house.

Deputy District Attorney Todd Turner, who works with the narcotics task force and was at the scene, said there was probably a person inside the house. No arrests had been made as of 2:15 p.m.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. workers were also present.

Illegal marijuana growing operations often bypass electric meters to avoid being detected by utility companies, and the jury-rigged setups can lead to fires and other unsafe situations.

However, McKee did not say whether the house was believed to be the location of an illegal grow operation.

McKee also did not have more information regarding the warrant, how the house was targeted by the task force or whether it was thought to be connected to a larger enterprise.

• Contact Jon Mendelson at 830-4231 or jmendelson@tracypress.com.

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backinblack
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October 25, 2012
Hey backclover40, You might want to check out the the follow up to this story now posted, looks like you are officially a member of the foot in mouth club.

This should be a lesson to those on this website and all others out there who defend or convict people before the facts are known. Mind you, no one is convicted of anything at this point but backclover missed two out of three:

"They didn't find any guns" Correct

"They didn't even find anyone at home!" Wrong

"They didn't find any drugs" Way wrong

What's truly comical is backclover was foolish enough to ask:

"Are you kidding me? What was the purpose of this? What was accomplished here?"

Gee, I wonder.

Ornley_Gumfudgen
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October 25, 2012
Hey Bib, does that membership come with a towel? :)
iluvlucy
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October 26, 2012
I happen to see the whole thing go down and from what I saw the only thing that came from the house was one man. He hid all day and they got him out around 6. Certainly never saw any plants or anything else.
ciscokid52
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October 24, 2012
My dad met a neighbor that lives a few streets from him a few weeks ago and he happened to be an Alameda County Sheriff and he mentioned that he knew of some gang member or a head of a gang living in the area renting a home in the burbs to attempt to mask his dealings.
backinblack
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October 24, 2012
backclover40, Do you have some inside info on the results of the raid? I don't see where the story mentions whether anything was found. It also states there was probably a person inside the house. Sounds like a pretty limited amount of info at this point but again, if you have some inside info please share.

By the way, you are obviously familiar with the internet as you found your way to this website. Try doing a search for grow house set ups, you will see pretty pictures of ones which include the exact flexible aluminum tubing shown on the pictures of the garage. Granted, maybe the occupants where growing something else which needs venting but boy it sure looks suspicious to me and points to guess what? A grow house.

Also, can you please explain how someone can be sued until they don't exist? Geez.
ciscokid52
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October 23, 2012
Maggot next door (see address in slides)
iluvlucy
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October 24, 2012
Really?? Kinda a dumb comment!
cargirl2U
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October 23, 2012
Gauging by the size and quanity of the ducts in the garage...I'm sure they were at the right house.
ciscokid52
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October 23, 2012
They're actually still over there searching. They've been there for roughly 7 hours now.
backclover40
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October 23, 2012
Are you kidding me? What was the purpose of this? What was accomplished here? They didn't find any drugs. They didn't find any guns. They didn't even find anyone at home! This has got to be a joke!I hope this homeowner sues them till they no longer exist!
tracyresident11
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October 23, 2012
@backclover40 I'm someone who lives relatively close to this house and there has been sketchy things going on for a while now, which could have even eventually put our families at risk. They were stealing electricity and if you look at the pictures above you would look at the pictures above of the garage would tell you that something illegal was going on. So there is a purpose to this. Thanks
tracyresident11
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October 23, 2012
and there was a guy in the house!
Wobbley
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October 29, 2012
Hey backclover, it's obvious something illegal was going on, look at all the cops in the pictures!

Also, the press may not know the EXACT ADDRESS, but thankfully we have the next door neighbors exact address for reference.


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