Brantford police chief wants to know why his officers raided the wrong home in drug bust

Brantford's chief of police is investigating how his officers could have raided the wrong home while carrying out a drug trafficking investigation.

Brantford police raided the wrong home during 'Project Viking' last week

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Brantford Police Service's chief is investigating after officers raided the wrong home while searching for drugs. (Brantford Police/Facebook)

Brantford's chief of police is investigating why his officers raided the wrong home while carrying out a drug trafficking investigation.

The police service said on Sept. 8, members of the Brantford Police Service Tactical Intelligence Generated Enforcement and Response Unit completed Project Viking, which saw the service execute three search warrants.

A 34-year-old man was charged with drug crimes and police seized $636,200 worth of drugs.

"Unfortunately, one of the warrants was executed at an incorrect address by our Emergency Response Team," read a media release from the police service on Sept. 9.

The service said Brantford police Chief Rob Davis's investigation will look at the oversight of the raid and "implement any policy improvements should they be required."

"The Brantford Police Service acknowledges that this experience would have been unsettling for those impacted and have engaged Victim Services of Brant to ensure those affected receive the assistance they require," read the media release.

The family's lawyer, Michael Smitiuch, said he and the family aren't speaking to media right now.

Davis said "transparency and accountability are core values" of the service. 

However, Const. Shane Seibert said the police service couldn't answer additional questions from CBC Hamilton to "protect the integrity of that investigation."

Davis said he wants to assure residents "measures will be put in place to make sure this does not occur again." He said "Above all else, the trust of our community is essential."

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Michael Smitiuch is the lawyer for the family police wrongly raided. (Turgut Yeter/CBC)


Bobby Hristova is a journalist with CBC Hamilton. He reports on all issues, but has a knack for stories that hold people accountable, stories that focus on social issues and investigative journalism. He previously worked for the National Post and CityNews in Toronto. You can contact him at bobby.hristova@cbc.ca.