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Fostoria family files $79 million lawsuit over search

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A Fostoria family is suing law enforcement for more than $79 million.

According to the 10 page complaint filed in U.S. District Court, excessive force is one of the allegations.

A drug bust at 221 E. North Street has now led to a $79 million lawsuit against the City of Fostoria and several police officers.

Ernesto Gonzales and Angelica Hernandez say law enforcement used excessive force when executing a no-knock search warrant last April.

They say, in the process, officers shot and killed their dog Lana.  And since the incident, their four-year-old daughter has been in therapy and has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

The complaint alleges officers made false statements to get a judge to sign off on this type of search warrant.

The family says officers then, without identifying themselves as police, set off explosive devices outside the home.  And once inside, fired a shot just missing Gonzales and his daughter.

The family says officers held them at gunpoint while searching the home and then allegedly tried to cover up what happened.

Based on what was confiscated, Gonzales faces charges of possession of marijuana and criminal tools.  No weapons were found.

Gonzales claims officers confiscated items not listed in the search warrant, including his lap top which he used for work as a rap artist and producer.

The Mayor of Fostoria has not returned our call for comment.

The city's Public Safety Director says she didn't want to make any statements about pending litigation.

The attorneys for the plaintiffs have also not returned our calls for comment.

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