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Houston Police Only Seized Small Amount Of Marijuana In Deadly Raid, No Heroin

HPD’s Internal Affairs and Special Investigations Unit are investigating the operation and one of the officers involved has been relieved of duty.

The Pecan Park house where four police officers were shot on January 28, 2019 while serving a search warrant.

The Houston Police officers who conducted a deadly raid in an East Houston home on January 28, expecting to find heroin, only seized 18 grams of marijuana and 1.5 grams of an unknown white powder. The Houston Chronicle obtained the results of the search warrant Friday, which also showed officers found two shotguns and two rifles inside the house.

The house had been under investigation for about two weeks after HPD received information about a suspect that was allegedly selling narcotics. 

A confidential informant was sent to purchase heroin from the suspect on January 27.  The informant told officers the purchase was made and said there was more heroin at the house, according to the affidavit filed to obtain the search warrant. But records later showed that the substance the informant said was heroin was a brown powder, the Chronicle reported.

HPD’s Internal Affairs department and Special Investigations Unit are investigating the operation, and one of the officers involved has been relieved of duty.

Four officers were wounded by gunfire in the raid, which turned into a shootout. The suspects, Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, were killed. The couple’s dog was also killed after it attacked an officer. HPD officials said police opened fire after Tuttle shot the officers when they entered the home and Nicholas was killed when she tried to grab the firearm of one of the officers.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo spoke about the investigation, KPRC Channel 2 reported. He said the department “will get to the bottom of this with everything that went well, the good, the bad and the ugly, because that is our moral and legal obligations as a department.”

Acevedo didn’t answer direct questions about the investigation and said he doesn’t want to “piecemeal the discussion.”

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