Undercover officers storm home, play Wii

Kim LaCapria - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 8:53 p.m. ET

A couple of undercover drug investigators are in trouble after spending “downtime” during a drug raid Wii Bowling.

The officers stormed the home of convicted drug dealer Michael Difalco near Lakeland, FL in March. While some busied themselves collecting and tagging evidence, a few officers unaware of surveillance set up via Difalco’s computer appeared to pass the time playing a few frames of Wii Bowling. The officers are seen playing animatedly while their fellow investigators get down to business, one cop even pausing her work to pick up a Wii-mote and play.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said although the incident is “embarrassing,” it won’t harm the prosecution’s case:

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“That absolutely is not true; that doesn’t invalidate the search at all,” Judd said. “Now the defendant would like for it to invalidate the search, but unfortunately for him, it won’t.”

Judd, who watched the video during an interview last week, called the situation an embarrassment.

“I’m not pleased that they played that Wii bowling game,” Judd said. The sheriff’s office oversees the drug task force. Judd said he initiated an internal administrative investigation of the incident.

“That is not appropriate conduct at a search warrant,” he said. “But I am less pleased with the supervision that didn’t walk in and say, turn that off. That’s what supervision should have done.”

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Watch video of the raid, below.

[Source: Tampa Bay Online]


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