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February 27, 2009 - Mark Leberfinger

The quiet of a Friday morning was quickly broken with a phone call.

The Blair County Drug Task Force is conducting a raid.

The logistics of a raid are a sight to behold. You just don't wake up one morning and decide "let's arrest 25 people."

Planning for the raid takes at least several weeks. Police have to file criminal complaints, get arrest warrants and line up officers to go out on raid day to make the arrests.

You have to secure the processing site, get ready for fingerprinting and mugshots and get the coffee and donuts prepared. Yes, police officers do eat donuts.

Once processed, those arrested go before a magisterial district judge for arraignment and then off to Blair County Prison in the event they don't post bail.

There's a lot of hurry up and wait throughout the day. Wait for the safety briefing, wait for the paperwork, wait for the processing, wait for the arraignment and wait for the trip to the county lockup.

So that's the condensed version of a day's raid.

You get to read the major highlights of it in a 25- to 30-inch story plus a list of those arrested along with their mugshots.


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