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Greenfield S.W.A.T. raid nets 6


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GREENFIELD — Police raided a Greenfield home Thursday in search of drugs and a juvenile who is believed to have been dealing them, police said.

The county S.W.A.T. team surrounded a home in the 800 block North Broadway Thursday night to serve a “no-knock” warrant on the 17-year-old boy around 7 p.m.

A no-knock warrant authorizes officers to break down the door in an effort to surprise anyone who might be inside.

The suspect had been under investigation for several months as a result of complaints from neighbors that people were coming and going from the home at all hours of the day and night, police said Friday.

Neighbors reported hearing an explosion at the house Thursday night around the time of the raid.

It is common for officers to throw a flash-bang grenade, a non-lethal explosive device, to distract subjects before entering a home, but officers did not confirm whether such a device was used Thursday night.

The S.W.A.T. team was called to assist officers because there was some question about whether the boy might be armed or have weapons inside the home, Greenfield police Maj. Derek Towle said.

Six people were inside the house when police entered. No one actively resisted, though some were so startled, they froze in place instead of complying with officers’ commands to get on the ground, Towle said.

“We had people who were surprised, so they needed to be kind of be escorted to the ground,” Towle said.

Police searched the home, where they found narcotics and a small amount of marijuana. A shotgun also was found in the home.

No one was injured in the incident.

The suspect is detained in a juvenile facility in Delaware County, police said Friday morning.

Four additional people, including three juveniles, are charged with visiting a common nuisance.

One adult, Isaac McDonald, 18, was also charged with visiting a common nuisance, police said.

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