CMPD Raids House on Central Avenue


From The Charlotte Observer by Cleve Wootson and Steve Lyttle –Oct. 12, 2011

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police SWAT team raided a boarding house onCentral Avenuebefore dawn Wednesday, taking two people into custody as part of a drug investigation, according to search warrants and witnesses.

The search took place at a house nearBriar Creek Road, next to theTele-TimeAcademyday care center.

A resident of the house, declining to give his name, said police arrived about6 a.m.and broke in through the front and rear doors and through a front window of the yellow frame house. The resident said police hurled a concussion grenade into the house when they arrived.

According to the search warrant, police were looking for Desmond Nelson.

A resident told the Observer that Nelson had lived at the house for about a year. The resident said Nelson and his girlfriend were taken away by police.

Officers left the scene shortly after8:30 a.m.

The police activity startled parents who arrived Wednesday morning with their children at the day-care center next door. They were greeted by police cars and television news crews.

John Seck said he has been bringing his son, Assan, toTele-TimeAcademyfor about two years and his daughter before that. He said it was disconcerting to see the police activity Wednesday morning.

“I never questioned the place,” he said of the boarding house next door. “I didn’t know it was a place where people come and go.”

Seck said the biggest concern with the house had been a dog that lived there and barked at the day care center’s children.

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