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.
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