Search Warrant Served to Wrong Home

Posted at 11:56 PM, Jul 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-11 13:03:26-04

MADISON COUNTY, FL (WTXL) -- A woman says she woke up to Madison County deputies pointing guns in her face. Deputies damaged her front door when they busted in to serve a search warrant, which happened to be the wrong address, she says. 

Laretta McCaskill says she and her husband were asleep in bed when the deputies stormed in to serve a search warrant.  Startled, she says asked for everyone to go to the kitchen so she could check on her kids.

That's when McCaskill says she saw her four kids already out of bed with deputies, and her thirteen year old nephew in handcuffs. According to McCasskill, deputies were in her home for about thirty minutes before realizing they were at the wrong address. 

But, deputies say they were only in the home for about five minutes, and that they were on the premises for about thirty minutes.  They say they were serving three search warrants, and that their drug task force had been buying illegal drugs from that area for several months. Adding, evidence and videos from the operation made it look like the McCaskill’s home. 

Deputies say, obviously, a mistake was made and send genuine and humble apologies to the family.  McCaskill says that one officer came back by that afternoon to apologize.  Chief Deputy, Epp Richardson says, Tommy Turner, was the intended target.  He has since been arrested and charged with multiple counts of possession with intent to sell.