Thursday morning's raid at the York City home of a suspected drug dealer got a little loud.

Members of the county's SWAT-type Quick Response Team used a "flash-bang" when they burst into 827 Linden Ave. shortly after 6 a.m., they said.

More properly called a "noise flash diversionary device," it can give police the advantages of confusion and surprise, said York City Sgt. Craig Losty, who also serves as QRT commander.

"Whenever we execute a high-risk search warrant we usually deploy a flash-bang," he said. "It's a blinding light ... and it's a very loud bang. ... But you could drop it at your feet and you're not going to be injured."

Arrested: The home's resident, 24-year-old Marquis Williams-Elliott, was taken to the county's central booking unit to be charged with one count of delivery of cocaine, according to police.

He remained there Thursday afternoon, a booking supervisor said.

York City Detective First Class Andy Shaffer said officers seized scales and packaging materials from Williams-Elliott's home during the raid, which police had a search warrant to conduct.

They raided the house because Williams-Elliott had previously sold cocaine to a confidential informant, Shaffer said.

Shaffer -- liaison to the York County Drug Task Force -- said the task force asked for QRT's help in executing the search warrant because information led them to believe it could be a high-risk arrest.


Williams-Elliott was arrested without incident, he said.

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