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 - Drugs Continued from page 1A house and...
Drugs Continued from page 1A house and investigators were confident confident that a number of arrests could be made. Drugs and weapons were confiscated in the raid, which occurred shortly after 3:15 a.m., and the 13 people arrested were being held for aggravated aggravated assault and narcotics violations. Thunder, 36, an officer known for taking on dangerous assignments, was temporarily relieved of active duty pending a department review of the fatal shooting, but Deputy Police Chief Robert Lutz said yesterday that Thunder appeared to show good judgment in the incident. "People have got to know that if you point a weapon at a Minneapolis police officer, you are going to get shot," Lutz said. Both the building and Whitten were known to police as dangerous. It was the second time this year that the house had been raided, and police said Whitten, who lived there, was known to use cocaine and carry weapons. In April, police raided two upstairs apartments there', confiscating drugs and ammunition. A search warrant filed in the case alleges that one upstairs upstairs apartment served as a packaging, packaging, weighing and storing operation while another apartment was where the drugs were sold. Police made several several arrests following the raid, including including a man who narcotics investigators investigators say recently moved to Minneapolis Minneapolis from Kansas City, Mo. to establish establish a drug trade. potentially violent because of the increased increased competition. Gun-wielding Gun-wielding Gun-wielding lookouts are not uncommon. "If you don't know exactly what to say to these guys when you approach, . if you don't ask for the right name or the right thing, you are in trouble. They have quite a violent life style and they're bringing it here with them," Baltzer said. Police say that one problem they face is that dealers often continue operations operations while out on bail after arrests. In many instances, dealers make money for legal fees by selling drugs while out on bail, Baltzer said. "With the continuances in the court system, we get people who have been arrested three times on charges before before they ever get to court," he said. . Baltzer said it may become necessary to keep people who are arrested for selling drugs in custody without bail if they are arrested while awaiting court action on other drug charges. Frustrated neighbors, who say activity activity at the address goes on nightly until 4 a.m., predicted yesterday it may be only 48 hours before the cars and people return. "It usually takes about two days before before things go back to the way they were before," said Joan Brown, who has lived across the street from the house for about a year. "There will be people and cars all over here at all hours of the night." '

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  1. Star Tribune,
  2. 16 Jul 1987, Thu,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 8

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