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    Police raid Md. mayor's home and kill his dogs

    Police raid Md. mayor's home and kill his dogs
    By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press Writer
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    BERWYN HEIGHTS, Md. - Mayor Cheye Calvo got home from work, saw a package addressed to his wife on the front porch and brought it inside, putting it on a table. Suddenly, police with guns drawn kicked in the door and stormed in, shooting to death the couple's two dogs and seizing the unopened package.


    In it were 32 pounds of marijuana. But the drugs evidently didn't belong to the couple.

    Police say the couple appeared to be innocent victims of a scheme by two men to smuggle millions of dollars worth of marijuana by having it delivered to about a half-dozen unsuspecting recipients.

    The two men under arrest include a FedEx deliveryman; investigators said the deliveryman would drop off a package outside a home, and the other man would come by a short time later and pick it up.

    A furious Calvo said Thursday that he and his wife, Trinity Tomsic, are asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the July 29 raid.

    "Trinity was an innocent victim and random victim," Calvo said outside his two-story, red-brick house in this middle-class Washington suburb of about 3,000 people. "We were harmed by the very people who took an oath to protect us."

    Calvo insisted the couple's two black Labradors were gentle creatures and said police apparently killed them "for sport," gunning down one of them as it was running away.

    "Our dogs were our children," said the 37-year-old Calvo. "They were the reason we bought this house because it had a big yard for them to run in."

    The mayor, who was changing his clothes when police burst in, also complained that he was handcuffed in his boxer shorts for about two hours along with his mother-in-law, and said the officers didn't believe him when he told them he was the mayor. No charges were brought against Calvo or his wife, who came home in the middle of the raid.

    Prince George's County Police Chief Melvin High said Wednesday that Calvo and his family were "most likely ... innocent victims," but he would not rule out their involvement, and he defended the way the raid was conducted. He and other officials did not apologize for killing the dogs, saying the officers felt threatened.

    Police announced Wednesday they had arrested two men suspected in a plot to smuggle 417 pounds of marijuana, and seized a total of $3.6 million in pot. Investigators said the package that arrived on Calvo's porch had been sent from Los Angeles via FedEx, and they had been tracking it ever since it drew the attention of a drug-sniffing dog in Arizona.

    Police intercepted it in Maryland, and an undercover detective posing as a deliveryman took it to the Calvo home.

    Calvo's defenders — including the Berwyn Heights police chief, who said his department should have been alerted ahead of time — said police had no right to enter the home without knocking.

    But officials insisted they acted within the law, saying the operation was compromised when Calvo's mother-in-law saw officers approaching the house and screamed. That could have given someone time to grab a gun or destroy evidence, authorities said.

    Neighbors in Berwyn Heights, which Calvo described as "Mayberry inside the Capital Beltway," have rallied around the couple. On Sunday night, supporters gathered on a ballfield to pay tribute to the family and the dogs. A banner on the wooden fence around Calvo's yard read, "Cheye and Trinity, We support you, Friends and Citizens of Berwyn Heights." Around it were dozens of handwritten messages from supporters.

    In addition to being the part-time mayor, Calvo works at a nonprofit foundation that runs boarding schools. His wife is a state finance officer.

    "When all of this happened I was flabbergasted," said next-door neighbor Edward Alexander. "I was completely stunned because those dogs didn't hurt anybody. They barely bark."

    The case is the latest embarrassment for Prince George's County officials. A former police officer was sentenced in May to 45 years in prison for shooting two furniture deliverymen at his home last year, one of them fatally. He claimed that they attacked him. In June, a suspect jailed in the death of a police officer was found strangled in his cell.

    Calvo said he was astonished that police have not only failed to apologize, but declined to clear the couple's names.

    His wife spoke through tears as she described an encounter with a girl who used to see the couple walking their dogs.

    "She gave me a big hug and she said, `If the police shot your dogs dead and did this to you, how can I trust them?'" Tomsic said. "I don't want people to feel like that. I just want them to be proud of our police and proud to live in Prince George's County."

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    Associated Press writers Sarah Karush and Nafeesa Syeed in Washington contributed to this story.

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    Maybe the New World Order Police State is Already Here
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    Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the drug underworld.

    Don't be too quick to think the Mayor's wife is innocent of all wrong doing. This is how the drug lords operate, they hide behind civility and political leadership. It's called a front.

    I don't blame the cops for doing their job. I can't believe the Labs ran and hid because the ones I owned would have chewed their legs off.

    Secondly, it could very well be that the Calvo's were patsies.

    There needs to be an investigation to determine the truth.

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    Simply lack of control of various units and will become worse as our population grows.
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    We've had an official caught running a cocaine ring. I agree with Dixie...you just never know.

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    They shot two black Labs?!?!? You have got to be kidding, that is one of the most gentle breeds on the planet, great with kids!

    I can see how this mix up could happen, but shooting a mans dogs like that someone needs to lose their job over that.

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    W.,

    They are gentle with their family but not with intruders.

    They will lick your children and defend them with their lives. My Lab defended me once.

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    Guys, read this again. It's in Prince William County.

    I'd like to know if the mayor or his wife has any anti-illegal immigration activity going on?

    Could this be a setup from the pro-illegal crowd?

    A way to discredit their work?

    I don't know, but something doesn't add up.
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    Mess with me, but don't mess with my dog! He doesn't speak English real well. He just barks.
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    LOL. POT BY FEDEX? I DONT THINK SO. THE MAYOR IS NOT GOING TO HAVE POT DELIVERED TO HIS HOUSE. MAYBE A POST OFFICE BOX, OR SOMETHING. I SMELL A RAT. DRUG LORDS HAVE DELIVERY PEOPLE FOR THIS. AND ARE THEY GOING TO LEAVE DRUGS ON THE PORCH? I DONT THINK SO. I THINK THEY WOULD KNOW WHEN HE WOULD BE HOME AND DELIVER IT DIRECTLY. MAYBE THEY WOULD DRESS UP LIKE FEDEX, BUT THEY WOULD DELIVER DIRECTLY. SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THE STORY.
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