Woman says cops raided her home, called her a drug dealer — but she’s not

Woman says cops raided her home, called her a drug dealer -- but she's not

BRANCHVILLE — A Branchville woman is claiming State Police and Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office officers raided her home, slammed her against a wall and accused her of dealing drugs in an hours-long ordeal in 2015, though she doesn’t sell drugs and police never found any.

In a recently filed lawsuit, the homeowner, Patricia Gold, said she called police earlier on the night of Dec. 14, 2015 after a neighbor told her there was a suspicious minivan driving back and forth in front of her home.

Police informed Gold that the minivan was, in fact, a UPS vehicle delivering packages and she later found a package outside her home, according to the complaint.

All seemed well until about a half hour later, when Gold heard pounding on her front door and saw a State Police trooper outside, the complaint says.