Phoenix dr incident 2_26_14

Fairfield police bring a suspect to a police car Wednesday on Phoenix Drive in Fairfield. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


Police swarm Fairfield apartment for narcotics search

By From page A4 | February 27, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Police swarmed an apartment building on the 1400 block of Phoenix Drive on Wednesday afternoon, even calling in the department’s armored vehicle.

Officers focused their efforts on a single apartment, hauling two people off in handcuffs and detaining three more for questioning. At least one of those three was eventually released.

The situation began around 5 p.m. and escalated quickly with close to two dozen officers swarming the area, blocking off Phoenix Drive and keeping building residents from their homes for close to an hour.

While the things unfolded, officers in helmets, some armed with semiautomatic rifles patrolled the area while neighbors looked on.

As things quieted down, Sgt. Franco Cesar said the department was executing a narcotics warrant and confirmed that two people had been detained and removed from the scene. Detectives waited in the apartment for a search warrant before beginning to scour the dwelling after 7 p.m.

No further information was available Wednesday night.

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  • BillFebruary 27, 2014 - 8:47 am

    Any reason the rifle the officers are carrying are reffered to as "semi automatic rifles", and not assault rifles?

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  • boomFebruary 27, 2014 - 9:26 am

    @Bill-They are only assault rifles when the perps' are carrying them-Semi automatic rifles when the cops have them. Also try WMD weapons of mass destruction when other countries have weapons, when we have WMD'S, we call them defensive ballistic missiles. Go figure.

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  • Mr. SmithFebruary 27, 2014 - 10:12 am

    It's all in the visual effects and semantics, I believe. A lot of people call anything that looks like a fully-automatic, military-style rifle an "assault rifle," but are they? Does the rifle require a trigger-pull for every round fired, or is it fully automatic--i.e., stops firing only when the trigger is released. I don't know what the police use for sure, but I would bet their weapons are semi-automatic rifles, requiring a trigger pull for each round fired, and therefore are not what most folks would call an "assault weapon." Maybe someone else on the board can clear this up.

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  • CBFebruary 27, 2014 - 1:50 pm

    Why didn't they have a search warrant when they "swarmed" the apartment? Something is not right here. Either the writer got the facts wrong or the FFPD put the cart before the horse.

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