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Drugs and Warrants: 5 Arrested at Tamarack Village in Woodbury

Police were running plates and came across a stolen vehicle Monday night.

Five people—with either warrants or drugs—were arrested Monday night at Tamarack Village.

Police were running license plates when they came across a stolen 2005 Dodge Durango at about 7 p.m., Woodbury police spokeswoman Michelle Okada said.

Witnesses said police drew their guns, and Okada said officers conducted a “high-risk stop” and followed proper procedure.

There were no injuries sustained to police or the suspects in the incident, Okada said.

 

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Jon October 03, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Hopefully they were allowed to return their room keys to the Red Roof Inn so they didn't get charged extra.
Kurt Shea October 03, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I have a problem with parts of this. Obviously, the drugs and warrants are something that we don't want on the streets. The part I have a bigger problem with is the police just driving through a parking lot and running license plates. It seem too much like big brother and it creeps me out.
Kris Janisch October 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Someone posted this link on our Facebook page. It's about police cameras capturing data. http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/165680946.html?refer=y
Karen October 03, 2012 at 07:52 PM
My plate doesn't come up as "Stolen" so go ahead and run it all day long.
Kurt Shea October 03, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Karen, I leave my curtains open sometimes at night, but I don't want anyone, let alone the police looking in my house. Same premise to me.
Kurt Shea October 03, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Scary stuff. For once I agree with the ACLU, the legislature needs to get involved in this before it gets out of control.
Charles Shaw October 03, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I have nothing to hide, so run my plates anytime you'd like. This tactic is used all the time in other municipalities to track drivers without insurance, expired plates, warrants, etc.
Kris Janisch October 03, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I think if you're in public, you don't have a reasonable expectation of privacy. I'm sure it's just part of regular police work, but can see how it could be viewed as invasive. But let's be honest, if you have a cell phone the government can track you, right?
Jan October 03, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Obviously you have never had your car stolen, otherwise you would think differently. As for your analogy comparing this situation to leaving your curtains open at night, I can't even come up with a response to that. I happened to be there that night and witnessed the whole thing. I applaud the Woodbury police on how they handled the entire situation. What could have been a disasterous scene, turned into a well executed process. You should have seen the people they hauled out of that SUV! I won't forget that image for a very long time. So I say, continue running license plates. Like Karen said below, if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear. If the Woodbury police took these dangerous individuals off our streets due to running license plates - PLEASE CONTINUE!
Kate February 27, 2013 at 04:15 AM
The problem is that the harder laws push people, the harder people push back. Addicts are born with a gene that we (as of yet) can not eliminate so addiction will remain part of society, and sadly so, but the more invasive police become and the more severe the punishments are, the more extreme the measures become for addicts to get their drugs. The more risk involved in the sale of drugs, the higher becomes the price of that drug. The more stealing or selling or scamming therefor is needed to get the drug at over inflated prices. If you think beefing up laws and enforcement and punishment solves the problem you are wrong. It drives the drug market! You don't make anyone more safe with policy like this. It fuels contention and causes the "us against them" mentality on both sides, it turns addicts into criminals, and it helps makes dealers rich. No impressionable teenagers would be misguided by the sight of the neighborhood dope dealer with a shiny car on huge rims packed full of girls if there WAS NO MONEY IN IT. Lastly, those people that left such a scarring image in JANs mind would not be stealing SUVs and toting guns if they could just buy cheap dope and get high. Yes, it is unhealthy and they shouldn't do that to themselves, and their families would be heartbroken, but you pussies who shake in fear at the guns and the stealing would at least be safe as long as you continue to do what you are doing and stay away from, and completely uninformed about them.

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