September 20, 2020

“Shock and Awe” in Florida Steroid Raid

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office in Florida used “shock and awe” to conduct a raid of a personal trainer suspected of distributing anabolic steroids. Lt. Harold Minch described the SWAT team’s raid of a small-town suburban home as “shock and awe at the beginning” conjuring imagery from the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The phrase “shock and awe” has been used to refer to the “military doctrine based on the use of overwhelming power, dominant battlefield awareness, dominant maneuvers, and spectacular displays of force to paralyze an adversary’s perception of the battlefield and destroy its will to fight”.

The Sheriff’s Office didn’t take over a Middle Eastern country but they did seize approximately $20,000 of suspected anabolic steroids. [Read more…]