DEA Agents Raid Wrong Home In Garfield

GARFIELD (KDKA) – Drug enforcement agents raided a home in Garfield Thursday morning.

The family inside was scared, especially considering they weren’t who the agents were after.

The incident happened around 7:30 a.m. on Schenley Street.

Everyone was still asleep inside the Jackson family home until DEA agents showed up with an arrest warrant.

“We woke up to yelling, ‘Open the door, open the door police! Open up!’ My boyfriend jumps up, unlocks the door, they come barging in. Guns were drawn, they had shields,” Dyionne Jackson said.

“They told me to get down on my knees and put my hands on my head,” Keymon Jackson said.

The problem was that the arrest warrant was not for anyone inside the home. When agents came in with their guns drawn, there were several small children inside, including a baby.

“They just pointed their guns at me and my brother,” Chandon Jackson.

The DEA said they did execute several arrest warrants on Thursday, but would not comment on the specific cases.

KDKA-TV’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland was told that agents generally go on scene, secure the scene, protect the agents and any civilians on scene. At that point, they will execute the warrant.

However, that’s not what it seemed like for the family who found themselves in the middle of a search for a man they had never seen before.

“It’s a violation of our civil liberties at this point. They didn’t really apologize. It was a half-hearted apology like, ‘Sorry, mistake,’” one man said.


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  • joe

    stupit, stupid and stupid don’t they do there homework, i hope they sue them!!

    • Anonymous

      No these people should be OUTRAGED. At a minimum a huge apology should be forthcoming from the people involved.

    • Klaatu


      1. GI JOE OUTFITS……check
      2. synchronize watches….check
      3. guns drawn …check
      4. big loud mouths to yell with….check

      5. verify adress…..uhhhhhhhhhh….nope

      • D

        I’m actually a Fed myself but your comment cracked me up.

      • Anonymous

        atleast they didnt kill the family pet. these people should be happy.

      • Anonymous

        that is too funny….

    • Anonymous

      I am sure that there were all law abiding citizens in the house. . . . .

  • Susie Q

    Stupid move on DEA’s part. I guess since it was the DEA they can just say sorry..wrong house. What if they did fire shots at this innocent family while they were on the floor trying to ask questions?

    • Anonymous

      But they didn’t.

      • Anonymous

        Its happened before so dont try to downplay Susie Q’s point.

      • D

        Correct they didn’t. They are people also so don’t just put them in the “Police” category. As a cop, we have to own up to our mistakes…unfortunately a lot of cops (local, state, federal) don’t. Sorry.

    • Really

      Who said they were innocent, just because it was not the correct house doesn’t mean “innocent.” This article reads like the begining of every other “I’m going to sue you article.” Aside from their comment to the media, who actually knows what took place at this home, none of us, so why are we back seat quarterbacking it.

  • Darren

    Not to mention that if the homeowner would have shot and killed one of these agents as soon as they barged through the door they’d be looking at life in prison.

  • Anonymous

    agents get shot and killed doing these raids, obviously they made a mistake, probably one out of thousands of raids, no one hurt, but lets run for a lawyer and sue everyone

    • Anon

      So you’re saying gross negligence should be excused as well? It’s not binary, there is a gray area so get off of your high horse.

    • ladyofargonne

      How much money would it take for the children involved not to be traumatized?
      I’m Jewish and although my family left Europe long before WWII I still have fears of Nazis kicking down the door. This would be a nightmore come true for me.

      • Anonymous

        Grow up…times have changed.

      • fdadwa

        I seriously hope you don’t do this

      • Craziness

        Then go see a psychiatrist, you did not experience WWll from the Jewish perspective in Europe and are really out of line associating these two events.

      • mair

        Times have not changed , some of you want people who were enslaved and murdered to forget but it is a part of history and if you can get away with it today you will.

  • Darren

    I guess it’s okay to point guns at innocent peoples’ heads, as long as nobody gets hurt.

    • woodzilla007

      BS – that’s known as “assault with a deadly weapon.” Give it a try yourself and find yourself arrested for a felony.

      • DifferentGuy

        Ever hear of sarcasm?

  • colatoral damage

    What did these people do all day? Sit around giving interviews to every moron reporter who showed up with a camera? Hey people ya’ll can get off the couch and gos to work…shows over….sorry we thought yoou were the real drug dealers but you aint gonna get no money

  • mark

    people better wake up. Quit paying taxes. Lets all go not work for one week o thats right, sheep all of u hope they did not kill any pets. stupid pigs .

    • yellekbug

      oh mark u hit it on the head. sheep. ppl don’t think where we r headed….

  • It's Me

    Massive cut to education and every other beneficial program, but there’s money for this nonsense. When are you people going to get it; the prohibition of anything creates more problems than it solves. Prohibition is a scam, a farce that pulls the wool over the eyes of the not-so-bright, and keeps employed the otherwise unemployable. Forty years and a trillion dollars later, how’s prohibition effective again?

    • Dr. Watson

      What are you talking about? Prohibition of what? And how is this relevant at all here?

      • Shoyu Wright

        Perhaps prohibition of drugs is what is being discussed. It’s relevant here because if there weren’t a misguided, profit-driven war on drugs (read “war on the citizenry and our right to ingest that which we wish to as long as we don’t impose on others”), then this family wouldn’t have had the misinformed folks who came through their door do so.

        But hey, if you believe that funding violent moltinational cartels and criminalizing folks who would otherwise never see the inside of a courtroom serves the greater good….

  • It's Me


  • D. Roberts

    Wow…typical racist Pittsburgh reaction….and I am talking about the comments.

    • Dr. Watson


    • mair

      SOOOOO TRUe D. Roberts

  • Anonymous

    Wow…..just wow.

  • D. Roberts


    • Anonymous

      How is this racist … explain yourself>

    • Anonymous

      How is this racist?

  • ramona barnhart

    hope they sue the blank out of the dea. and maybe they had good jobs .

  • anna

    dan, did it ever occur to you that not everyone has a 9-5 job ? Or have to work weekends, rather than Mon.-Fri.?

    Duh! These people were terribly traumatized. I hope the DEA gets sued big time

  • Dr. Watson

    And you know they don’t have jobs, how? It was 7:30 a.m. when this occurred. Their being asleep does not mean that they do not work and are on welfare. Talk about gross assumptions. Maybe if you had a job instead of welfare you would be working instead of making inane comments.

    • Couch Setten

      I don’t think it was 7am when they were being interviewed. If it was they should have all been in they pajamas and they hair would be messed up

  • dc

    well here we go again, how many houses and how many lifes have to be taken before people realize that this is wrong!!! yes i agree that the war on drugs is the biggest lie coming down the pike, and whether dea or feds have the rite house or not there r innocent people in these homes kids wifes, etc. this insanity has to stop, if they would of arrested my brother in law robert korbe outside the home my sister christina would not be in prison today for defending her children and her home!!!! THIS NEEDS TO STOP!!!!!!

  • Dan

    dc better be glad I was not on the detail against your sister and family because I would have shot her white trash ass. I am not racist I hate the world and the human race equally.

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like you hate yourself. Just become an animal then….LOL or end it all and be done with it……

    • Big Bad Bubba J

      Why don’t you just chew on the business end of a .45? Make you AND everyone else happy.

  • Anonymous

    All that funding they get and they can’t get correct/current information. I mean c’mon they are supposed to be one of the top law enforcement agencies and they cant get correct or even current info, Please…. i wonder if you would feel the same way if it was you and your family that was the subject of a WRONG HOUSE SEARCH FOR SOMEONE YOU DON’T KNOW And what does the homes condition have to do with anything. THEY were WRONG. Pray you never end up in a situation like that.

  • Klaatu

    blah blah blah……you need to wake up….You must either be a cop or be married to one….so your opinion is not needed or wanted…No one is forced to be a cop, dont like it,,,,dont do it. They are the dregs of society, they murder innocent civilians, beat and torture people and for what reason….CUZ THEY CAN…

    I especially like the “woke up in an unsavory manner”,,,… really….you make me sick.

    • Anti-Klaatu

      Klaatu…you are a poor, lost soul. Burn in hell? Most likely.

    • Anonymous

      HAHA Klaatu! You are pathetic! Let me know where you are so if you ever need someone from law enforcement, they can just ignore the call! How very sad that you have that opinion of them, you must be into some illegal stuff and have had many, many dealings with them to think like that. Mybe if you lived right, you wouldn’t have so many problems!

    • blujava90

      HAHA Klaatu, It’s really sad that you have this opinion of law enforcement! Sounds like you have had several run-in’s with the law because of your illegal activites! Let’s hope you choose to find a decent, honest way to live and maybe your attitude will change

  • John - IL

    It’s amazing the number of times the Police/DEA/etc. have the worng information & do something like this. Unacceptable! You know, if I was ignorant of something, like a law, the police would say “Ignorance is not justification”. So Police, your ignorance is not a justification for getting the wrong house. I’m sure glad we allowed these morons to create a para-military state. The Land of the Free my arse!

  • SAnonymous

    They should definetly apologiize. I don’t understand how they can do this to the wrong house??? Were they drunk???

  • Burghnerdman

    I am all for the DEA conducting proper searches. However, don’t you think they might want to double check there sources and addresses first. The question you want too ask yourselves is this. “Who was the Judge that signed the warrent in the first place?” There must be a warrent, before anything like this is conducted. It is our Civil Right. Leave race out of it. That has no relavency with this. We are all Americans, we all have the same rights. Half the population does’nt know that though. They are not in school to learn what they are. Not a race issue, it is a stupity issue.

  • evelyn

    According to the statistics, whites form the largest racial group on welfare; half of all welfare recipients leave in the first two years; and teenagers form less than 8 percent of all welfare mothers.
    Here are the statistics on welfare recipients:
    Traits of families on AFDC (1)
    White 38.8%
    Black 37.2
    Hispanic 17.8
    Asian 2.8
    Other 3.4

    Time on AFDC
    Less than 7 months 19.0%
    7 to 12 months 15.2
    One to two years 19.3
    Two to five years 26.9
    Over five years 19.6

    Number of children
    One 43.2%
    Two 30.7
    Three 15.8
    Four or more 10.3

    • HP

      Maybe whites are the majority on welfare, but they make up the majority of the population. By percentage, blacks far exceed the ratio. They make up 37% of the welfare population, but only 12.6% of the US population.

      • Anonymous

        Put that in your pipe and smoke it Evelyn, it’s not always about race!

      • mair

        It’s not?



  • The Majority

    Excuse me but the obvious question here is; who is saying the DEA had the wrong house? The people in the house? The media who rarely gets the facts straight and would prefer to stir controversy to sell advertisements, who have mesmerized sheep as viewers who take everything they report as fact?

    The DEA never said they had the wrong house. Why should they? Maybe the investigation prohibits them to comment. All the intelligence at their disposal and they go the wrong house? I seriously doubt that. And by the way, who says they have to say anything to the media? Since when are they a court of law?

    Here’s something to think about: Odd how the “boyfriend” refused to give his name for the news report. I’m sure there was a legitimate reason for that. (right)

    Wake up and think for yourselves. Stop letting the media think for you. They only care about one thing…profit. Maybe we should focus more on those terrorizing our neighborhoods and the young people killing each other on our streets.

    • Anonymous

      Finally a voice of reason. Another fine example of irresponsible and unexcusable journalism. KDKA should be ashamed for not getting ALL the facts before submitting this report. Maybe the DEA should sue KDKA.

    • Dr RD

      Finally a voice of reason. Just another example of irresponsible and unexcusable journalisim. KDKA should have had ALL the facts before submitting this report. Maybe DEA should sue KDKA.

      • Dr RD

        Sorry for the double post. Not used to doing this but absolutely had to comment.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah whatever “The majority.” You sound like a typical big government loving Neo- Con. The police and DEA have raided PLENTY of wrong houses in botched raids in previous months & years. Just one particular raid I recall was in Atlanta in 2006 where they raided the wrong house and shot & killed a 92 yr old lady. Google it if you don’t believe me. I didn’t realize that terrorizing innocent people was a way of preventing young people from killing each other on our streets!! I think you need to wake up already!!

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