Police raid on Carbonear home
A dramatic police raid that took place on Water Street in Carbonear that involved the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) was part of an ongoing investigation, investigators say.
Uniformed officers from Trinity Conception, a police service dog from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and ERT members entered the home at 11 p.m. on April 17. An officer on scene said they were searching for drugs.
“As part of an ongoing investigation in Carbonear (and area), our investigators executed a search warrant for the residence,” Sgt. Greg Hicks later told The Compass.
The presence of the ERT suggested something significant was afoot, since members of the team are mobilized from throughout the province, and are specially trained in special weapons and tactics. When asked to explained their presence, Hicks said the search was deemed “too high risk” for the detachment.
During the raid, residents of the area heard a loud bang. Some speculated it was an explosion used to gain access to the home.
On Friday, April 18, Cpl. Brent Hillier denied the use of explosives at the residence, and confirmed the door was intact.
Hicks would not verify the source of the noise, but confirmed the ERT has tactics at its disposal that could create such a noise.
Nothing was seized from the residence and no charges have been laid. Two people were detained “for a short time” during the search.
Hicks said there was no concern for public safety.