FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) —FBI agents took the lead Wednesday, in a series of drug raids in the city, netting more than 20 arrests.
Most of the raids came early in the morning, catching the suspects and their neighbors off guard.
But late in the afternoon, our crews stumbled onto a raid in progress in the 2600 block of Cambridge Boulevard.
Police and FBI agents on the scene said they couldn’t speak about the work they were doing, but we were able to confirm the operation was connected to the same campaign.
11 search warrants were executed all over town, including one on North Highlands Boulevard.
“My nephew said, you just don’t know your neighbors,” said Patty Marschand, who lives right across the street from the home that law enforcement converged on.
She took some pictures of police cars and a SWAT vehicle involved.
One man was arrested.
She said there was yelling and lots of commotion.
“I woke to a flashbang sound,” said Laura Remenecz, who a little after daybreak was startled out of her sleep when about a dozen police vehicles surrounded her next door neighbor’s place on Maurane Drive on the west side.
She took pictures too.
“My husband came running up, you have to get up now, there’s SWAT, you know, everything out front. It was a pretty crazy morning,” she said.
21 people in total face charges after the raids spearheaded by Fort Wayne FBI Safe Streets Task Force agents.
Those taken into custody are linked to dealing everything from fentanyl, cocaine and heroin, to meth and marijuana.
“Narcotics distribution is one of the precursors to violent crime. Today, with the arrest of these individuals, we made a serious impact on the distribution of narcotics in the greater Fort Wayne area,” said United States Attorney Thomas Kirsch.
Authorities say the raids wrap up more than a full year’s work designed to disrupt and dismantle a large scale drug trafficking organization.
The individuals are charged as follows:
These cases will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony Geller and Stacey R. Speith.