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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Winning the War on Drugs

posted by on May 27 at 11:26 AM


Easton police say a man whose house guest died in a police-involved shooting has been charged with drug offenses.

Officers were serving a search warrant at Ronald Terebesi Jr.’s home to investigate narcotics allegations when the shooting occurred May 18.

Police say Gonzalo Guizan of Norwalk was killed by police when he “charged the entry team and physically encountered” two of the officers. The shooting remains under investigation.

The 42-year-old Terebesi was charged Saturday with possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia, police said. They say it was discovered in his house during the search.

I think it’s safe to assume that Guizan, RIP, didn’t realize that the people he was approaching were armed police officers prepared to shoot him. Because, generally, if someone enters a house without knocking you’d think it was burglar breaking the law. But these officers weren’t breaking the law. Busting open someone’s door and killing his house guest—who wasn’t even suspected of a crime—that’s a perfectly legal way to make a bust for possession of drugs and paraphernalia. Terebesi wasn’t even charged with sales.

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guizan & terebisi don't sound like hard-working 'murkin names.

sounds like the names of people who like MAYONNAISE.

Posted by max solomon | May 27, 2008 11:30 AM

Just for the sake of argument, if one is involved in the drug trade, then you woudn't generally assume everybody breaking down your door is a burglar. You would have good reason to think that it might the cops.

I mean, sure, you have a point, especially considering that they sometimes kick in the wrong door. But if you had ever sold drugs from your house, it's silly to act as if you never expect the police to come busting in one day.

Posted by elenchos | May 27, 2008 11:50 AM


Or it could be a rival drug dealer breaking in to rob you or kill you.

Posted by keshmeshi | May 27, 2008 12:00 PM

elenchos, I see where you're coming from. But the guy was only accused of drug possession.

Considering that surveys show 100 million Americans have smoked pot--they've all been drug possessors--and that doesn't even account for all the other drugs, I think it's absurd to believe that one-third of the nation should expect that anyone breaking down their doors is there for legitimate purposes and bite whatever bullet comes.

No matter if a person is a pot smoker or a drug dealer, unless a suspect is engaged in violent activity and a raid is the only way to apprehend that person, no knock raids should be outlawed. Too many people get killed to justify removing a negligible amount of drugs from the street.

Posted by Dominic Holden | May 27, 2008 12:10 PM

completely agree, dominic. do you know of any movement afoot to change the laws/protocols regarding no-knock raids?

Posted by ellarosa | May 27, 2008 7:57 PM

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