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Houston police forming narcotics squad after fatal drug raid

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Police Department has created a new narcotics squad to serve high-risk warrants following a January botched drug raid that left two civilians dead and an officer charged with murder.

The Houston Chronicle Monday that Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed the new unit will begin operations in November. It will not conduct raids in which officers break into a home without warning to execute warrants.

Acevedo says the move is an effort to protect officers from similar in the future, though he previously noted the raid of a systematic problem.

Former Officer Gerald Goines was with two counts of felony murder after police accused him of lying in a search warrant about having a confidential informant buying heroin at the home.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle,

Associated Press

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