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Wii-playing Drug Cops Receive Slap on Wrist

Remember that story from late September about those cops who raided a suspect's house on suspicions of drug and illegal firearm possession, and decided to play a little Wii Bowling while their search.

According to the Ledger, an internal investigation has found 11 members of the taskforce at fault. The undercover detectives received a letter of retraining and are required to complete two hours of retraining, while the supervising sergeants got a letter of guidance and four hours of retraining.

Some may feel that the punishment dealt doesn't match up with the irresponsibility demonstrated by law enforcement, but the end goal of any disciplinary action is to ensure that it doesn't happen again.

"We are learning from our mistakes," said sheriff's Chief of Staff Gary Hester. "I'm absolutely convinced these folks will never do that again. I think we handled (the investigation) appropriately."

For a little refresher, here's how it all went down:

During a drug raid near Lakeland, FL undercover investigators searching the home suspected of illegal activity found themselves distracted by something other than methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and weapons. They found a Wii.

A security camera connected to a computer inside the home was active and captured a PolkCounty sheriff's detective putting down her work to play Wii Bowling. After she hit two strikes in a row, she celebrated with her arms above her head and she jumped and kicked.

The Wii Bowling playing time among the investigators lasted a little over an hour. The entire raid of the property lasted nine hours and cost taxpayers more than $4,000.