By now, most folks will have heard about the initially botched attempt to serve a search and arrest warrant on Wednesday morning by the FBI and Martinez Police Department. The story is everywhere. Everywhere. What gives this story the extra bump of special goodness sauce beyond a drug bust in Alameda that bears a passing resemblance to the show Weeds (it’s on Netflix Streaming if you haven’t watched it previously) is the whole the FBI almost arrested the wrong person angle.
What put it over the edge and made the story not about pot growers in Alameda with a whole mess of guns in their house but rather the botched arrest attempt was whose house they attempted the raid on first: a well known San Francisco political consultant, a CBS News Correspondent, and their baby. The amazing thing is that Alex Clemens, who was on early morning door duty, was able to talk himself out of getting handcuffed, that took some quick thinking given the whole guns in your face and a bunch of FBI agents screaming at you thing.
The interesting thing, a fellow Bayport neighbor tweeted earlier that same morning that there was a news truck and unmarked police vehicles on the street and wondered what it was all about. When Peter Hergarty of the Alameda Journal tweeted this:
It was clear that was the source of the news van and unmarked police car. Later the news reports started rolling in about the “accidental” visit to a home that had been sold months ago that could have been confirmed via, you know, assessor records or even a quickie visit to Blockshopper:
But then we wouldn’t be able to shake our heads and say “only in Alameda.” I have to say though, one of the funniest comments I have read in connection to this event is this comment directed toward Alex Clemens:
you told the FBI they had the wrong house and they believed you?!? Wow! You really are a good lobbyist and worth every penny your clients pay you.
Honestly though, there are probably only a few people in the neighborhood that would have been able to get out of this situation without feeling the post handcuff chaffing right now. The people it actually happened to, Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley, and those Warriors players and coaches who live in the neighborhood off and on.
In case anyone was wondering, the marijuana was not being grown in Alameda, but in Oakland. And, no, I don’t live on that block.
But in order to add something new to this story, here is — by far — the best background arrest photo ever, complete with cute baby and dazed dad. Before anyone asks, yes, I have permission to post the photo of the baby who was apparently nursing when the FBI came knocking. I think the FBI and Martinez police owe the family a muffin basket, at least. I wonder if Hallmark makes a “Hey, sorry we flashed a bunch of guns in your face by mistake” card.