08:48 am *bam**bam**bam* LAW ENFORCEMENT, SEARCH WARRANT!
i was in bed… slid down the ladder and headed for the back door…
walked into the kitchen (in my underwear)
and in through the back door of my house come 7 cops with their guns drawn.
so of course i dove face down on the floor with my arms out to my sides in the middle of my kitchen.
the first 6 go right over me, the 7th stops, handcuffs me, and watches over me while they go through the rest of the house.
then they start asking questions about anyone else in the residence, etc.
“not sure, but if there is there will be x person, named x, in location x, y person, named y, in location y, z person, named z, in location z, y and z may be at work and not in fact here”
so once the building was secured, they came back to talk to me. sat me in a chair and threw a blanket over me off the top of my dryer, and then they read me my rights and and asked me if i understood them.
then comes the fun part.
“whatchya guys lookin’ for, and can i help?”
apparently they had a search warrant to look for a marijuana grow operation.
i burst out laughing, couldn’t help it.
“okay, whats so funny?”
so then i explained.
1) i have a *huge* power bill. like 500 a month.
2) i have a big box next to my house that buzzes (18kva battery backup system, transformer is a bit noisy)
3) i have 10 full racks of computer servers in a room in my home that generate a ton of heat.
4) like 120,000 btu’s of heat / hour
5) i have a 9,000 cubic feet per minute fan in the floor of the data center that pulls air from under the house to keep that room cool. (this place lights up like a christmas tree on a thermal scanner).
by this time they took the cuffs off, and i showed them around.
anyone who’s never been here, my place is kinda amazing..
it’s stacked to the ceiling with a ton of computer equipment, thousands of blinky lights, etc, and cat 5 network cable run *everywhere*
so i’m showing them around, flirting with the female cop, and explaining what it is i do…
the officers are starting to get *really* embarrassed.
especially when the detective said “well you seemed to know what it was all about as soon as we came in, is their a reason you didn’t just call us and let us know that there would be suspicious activity (power bill, etc)”
“well, this exact same thing happened 4 years ago, i thought you would have taken notes then”
all in all it wasn’t the best way to wake up in the morning, but the officers were very cool about the whole thing (not to mention embarrassed)
the team leader asked me if i would be willing to make a statement on tape for them, basically explaining the situation.
so i gave them a very very good statement. they were very professional, and they treated me with respect in spite of the warrant and suspicion and so on.
i made a special point about “when they didn’t understand what it was they were looking at, they didn’t touch it, but asked me”
that is *very* important here, as a whole lot of this stuff is very fragile and very expensive.
should be interesting to see what happens when the roommates get home, as they were all gone, and their stuff has been moved around a bit.
i’ve had a bunch of people ask me why i’m not bent out of shape and / or pissed off, etc.
well, a couple reasons.
first, the mistake was an easy one to make. every clue points right at it. i use more power than a building this size should, by about 20 times more.
secondly, they are a multi area task force. county, city, state, a big mix of officers… and they worked very well as a team, and they treated me very professionally under the circumstances. they didn’t let their egos get in their way.
and the biggest reason of all?
at this moment the team lead is talking to all of my neighbors explaining to them that they made a mistake, and that i’m innocent…
that takes guts.
they’ve got a rough job to do, and i’m not about to punish a good set of cops workin’ on bad intel.
their team lead has done over 200 raids like this one, and this is the first time they came up empty.
two of the officers with him were beat cops in this area… and they had no idea i ran an isp out of here, or anything about me.
that they are talking to my neighbors is above and beyond.
i for one am kinda glad there’s still good cops around.
stay safe guys.
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