Who is at your door – the electric company or the police?

A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Detective wore a Progress Energy uniform to enter a homeowner’s property sniffing for growing marijuana. Luckily for the homeowner, there was none, but that did not stop the ruse from being discovered. An attorney representing other clients accused of growing marijuana got the admissions of this illegal activity from the detective in a sworn deposition. The attorney showed the transcript to the Sheriff who said “he was appalled by it.” Remember that law enforcement can search property with consent, but if a homeowner doesn’t know who they are opening the door for, the alleged consent is not valid. If you don’t want to open your door to the police, you don’t have to unless they have a warrant to serve. Know who is at your door before you open it. Progress Energy told the newspaper that it did not condone the use of it’s uniforms and customers can always check the identity of their workers through their customer service department.

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