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SE Iowa county sued after officers allegedly enter wrong home

The Van Buren County Sheriff's Office in Keosauqua./KTVO

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An Iowa county faces a lawsuit after five of its sheriff's officers were accused of confiscating and destroying property while executing a search warrant at a wrong address.

The Des Moines Register reports that Michael Owings found Van Buren County the officers at his home in June when he arrived with his mother and girlfriend. A lawsuit alleges that Owings told officers they were in the wrong place, and one of them replied, "We own this property."

A judge granted the officers' request for a search warrant at a Douds, Iowa home, in connection to a drug investigation, but the lawsuit contends that the correct address was about one-third of a mile from Owings' mobile home.

Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Tedrow declined to comment.

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