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By Lindsey Connell - bio | email | Twitter

BARBOUR COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -  $600,000- that's how much a Barbour County couple wants in damages they say were caused by four Sheriff's deputies.

They've filed a civil suit in Alabama Federal Court alleging the officers violated their Constitutional rights when they burst into their home last year looking for drugs.

The couple's Montgomery-based attorney, Anthony Bush, says the cops hit the wrong house.

"My clients do strongly deny that there was any illegal substances in their residence. I think the biggest thing about this lawsuit is every American is entitled to protections of the Constitution, specifically of the 4th Amendment. With this case here, these deputies blatantly ignored those protections," he said.

Eddie Ingram is now the Chief Deputy for the Quitman County Sheriff's Department but at the time of the incident, he was Chief Deputy in Barbour County. He is one of the four officers named in the lawsuit.

Ingram says the wrong address may have been listed in the search warrant for the raid but the evidence in the case speaks for itself.

"The right house was searched that night and about three pounds of marijuana and a firearm was removed. We had surveillance on that residence for three days. We watched drug transactions take place there. We actually made an undercover buy there prior to the search warrant being executed. I feel that the courts will rule in our favor once all of the evidence is heard," Ingram said.

The couple's attorney says he expects to add additional deputies to the lawsuit in the near future.

He says he is waiting to hear from each of the deputies before the suit moves forward.

Barbour County Sheriff Leroy Upshaw wasn't available for an interview Monday and isn't named in the lawsuit.

But he told WTVM over the phone he supports his deputies and knows they did the right thing.


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