MyFoxDetroit.com - August 1, 2011
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WJBK) - Drug Enforcement Agency Officers bust into a home in Sterling Heights, armed with a search warrant. The only problem? The guy they were looking for doesn't live there. Fox 2 talked to the man who opened the door, and was stunned by what happened next. Ramsey Tossa is a lot of things. He's a U.S. citizen, a retired military translator and a proud father. But a criminal, he's not. Still, he says he was treated like one Tuesday morning around 2:00 a.m. when he woke up to find DEA agents banging loudly on the door. "As soon as I opened the door, somebody grabbed me and took me outside and put me on the grass," Tossa said. "The first thing I thought was they were terrorists who want to kill me because I served in Iraq." The DEA agents were executing a search warrant. Tossa said he started having what he thought was a heart attack. Paramedics took him to the hospital. When it was finally over, the agents took a few pieces of mail addressed to someone the Tossa's say they've never met. The DEA says the person they were looking for is actually the landlord's son. He uses that house as his address. The Tossa's are demanding answers. The DEA tells us they are taking the complaint seriously. They deny anyone was thrown to the ground. They also indicate there was likely cause to search the house.
My family was also the victim of a wrongfully-issued search warrant. The warrant was signed at 0927 today by Judge James Hutton and executed around 0945. DEA agents entered my home, pushed my husband on the couch then handcuffed him, and asked questions the whereabouts of a drug dealer. After an hour of ransacking my home, harassing my husband, threatening my husband with charges, and questioning my son with "play" they left with nothing more than my husband's medical marijuana. When I called the issuing US court in town they could not confirm nor deny that any warrant was issued. I told them I have the warrant number and my house is ransacked so I know the warrant was issued. I was then directed to the USA attorney's office, to which they could not find a legitimate reason why the warrant was authorized. I feel raped and angry. No attorney in town could help me.
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