FBI: SWAT raids unfold across Western Washington

FBI: SWAT raids unfold across Western Washington
COVINGTON, Wash. - Several FBI operations unfolded across Western Washington, FBI spokesperson Ray Lauer said Wednesday.

Approximately six to ten locations were raided to break up a drug ring, and also to seize weapons, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

A SWAT team raided a home and vehicle in Covington, walking away with two suspects. Federal agents say the busted traffickers sold drugs at local wrecking yards and restaurants.

The alleged drug dealers sold methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, and preyed "on those with addictions to line their own pockets," said Jenny Durkan with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The raided home was left with a window broken out and the backyard fence knocked down. A witness claims an armored vehicle pummeled through the fence, knocking it to the ground.

"I looked out and saw the SWAT there, and I thought 'Oh my God, what is going on?'," resident Lisa Richard said.

Neighbors in the area reported hearing 2 loud concussion bombs, or flash bangs, that startled them awake.

"We live near a gas line here, and I thought it was part of a gas line explosion," one neighbor said.

The man dialed 911, and was told by operators not to worry, that everything was under control.

A large police and FBI presence in South Park and Tacoma were reported as well. One South Park apartment was raided by mistake, leaving a man and his 8-year-old son with a busted sliding glass door.

A number of suspects swept up in the drug raid appeared before a federal judge Wednesday afternoon.

Crews are now in cleanup mode as a result of the raids carried out across the region.