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FBI, SWAT units take part in raids against violent, criminal street gang in Tucson

Raids are part of ongoing investigation
FBI agents and local law enforcement conducted raids in the Tucson area Thursday.
Posted at 9:22 AM, Feb 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-04 20:50:12-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — FBI agents and local law enforcement conducted raids in the Tucson area Thursday.

In a joint statement with the Tucson Police Department, federal agents say these raids are connected to an ongoing investigation against a violent, criminal street gang in Tucson.

"Reducing gun violence is a top priority for TPD," said Tucson Police Chief Chad Kasmar. "Disrupting violent criminal networks removes violent offenders and drug dealers from our community. I’m proud of the regional public safety teamwork in this comprehensive investigation. We continue to collaborate with our federal and regional law enforcement partners to reduce violent crime and protect Tucsonans."

One of the locations was in the 900 block of West Acadia Drive Thursday morning.

"This task force and investigation is another example of the dedication the FBI and our partners have to target violent crime and drug offenders," Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Phoenix Field Office Sean Kaul, shared. "Today’s operation underscores our invaluable partnerships with law enforcement, and these collaborative efforts will continue to benefit Arizona as we continue to eradicate violent crime in our communities."

A total of 11 search warrants were carried out by the FBI's Southern Arizona Violent Crime and Gang Task Force across Pima and Santa Cruz counties.