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Officers Attacked Serving Drug Warrant

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A Moorhead man is behind bars tonight after a narcotics search warrant was issued for his home. Nicholas Kangas was caught with more than two pounds of marijuana, but the seizure and arrest didn't go down without a struggle. Valley News team's Eric Crest tells us how two officers who were a part of the raid, almost paid a hefty price. 

When the Moorhead Police knocked on this door at 2715 14th Street South Thursday morning with a search warrant, they had a notion that there was more than just marijuana inside.

"Sometimes we hear a rumor or have information that dogs are present or potentially dangerous," says Lt. Tory Jacobson.

Two American bulldogs were waiting inside. They were doing what dogs do, protecting their home.

"They were reacting on their own, there was no command," says Lt. Jacobson.

But with an American bulldog stature and all of 100 plus pounds of muscle to throw around, law enforcement was forced to pepper spray the dogs. Unfortunately the dogs got to them first.

"One officer sustained minor injuries to his left wrist and the other to his left leg," says Lt. Jacobson.

But the Moorhead Police did find what they expected, just after the unexpected took place.

"As a result of the search warrant they did seize over two pounds of marijuana. It was packaged with the intent to distribute. So street value if sold would have been about 16 thousand dollars as well as 625 dollars cash (seized)," says Lt. Jacobson.

While it wasn't the biggest drug bust in recent memory, it was substantial. Law enforcement do know however that it won't be the last.

"The marijuana in this area is of that high quality medical type. High potency. That's become the standard now. It's very prevalent in our area," claims Lt. Jacobson.

There were five people present at the Moorhead home at the time of seizure. Authorities say there is a possibility that some of those people could also be arrested further down the road. As far as the dogs go, one of them is still under quarantine as law enforcement try to make sure the animal is up to date on
vaccination shots.

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Moorhead Police say two officers were bitten by dogs while trying to serve a search warrant.

It happened Thursday morning at a home on the 2700 block of 14th Street South as part of an on-going drug investigation.

While going into the home police say two American Bulldogs attacked officers.  One officer was bitten in the left wrist.  Another other was bitten in his left leg.  Both received minor injuries. Officers used “pepper spray” on the animals.

During the search police seized $625 in cash and more than of 2 pounds of Marijuana with a street value of approximately $16,000.

As a result of the search warrant police arrested 21-year-old Nicholas Kangas.  He's being held in the Clay County Jail on Felony Controlled Substance charges with intent to distribute. 

Police say one of the dogs who attacked them has been impounded until additional information can be learned about the proper owner and the dog’s vaccination record.  
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