Infant recovered in SWAT raid on Fargo home

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FARGO — Several adults could face criminal charges after Red River Valley SWAT members found a baby inside a home with drugs and guns, city police said.

Law enforcement used the special weapons and tactics unit to serve what police called a high-risk search warrant on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 824 Ninth St. N. in Fargo, according to a Fargo Police Department news release. Officers detained five adults without incident and took an infant into protective custody, the release said.

Police did not arrest any of the adults, but charges are pending after the search turned up marijuana, drug paraphernalia, two firearms and $12,372 in cash, the release said. The five adults could face charges of marijuana possession with intent to deliver, possessing drug paraphernalia and child neglect, police said.

SWAT was called in to assist with the search warrant related to an ongoing drug-use and child neglect investigation because a suspect was known to have guns, previously made threats toward law enforcement and had a violent criminal history, police said.

“During the service of the search warrant, several armored vehicles were used in order to keep the officers, citizens, and suspects as safe as possible,” the release said. “The SWAT Team also utilized a flash sound diversionary device (FSDD), which created a loud bang and bright flash of light. The use of an FSDD is to create a distraction for the suspects so the officers can perform tasks that may put them in danger.”


The child is slated to be tested to determine if drugs are in the child's system.

The investigation is ongoing.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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