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Neighbors react to FBI conducting raids targeting violent street gang in Tucson

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FBI conducts raids in Tucson Thursday

TUCSON (KVOA) - A violent street gang that distributes fentanyl among other drugs was the target of the FBI's Southern Arizona Violent Crime and Gang Task Force.

The FBI executed 11 search warrants throughout Southern Arizona.

Some of the targets were on the city's south side. Tucson Police Department SWAT team was also used.

At one location near Santa Clara and Valencia, neighbors said it was quite a wake-up call.

Neighbors told News 4 Tucson, they were surprised by the early morning raid. They say this is normally a very quiet street.

One neighbor who declined to be identified described what he saw at 7 a.m. on Thursday.

"I just saw the FBI truck. They threw flash bangs or something, threw them inside and asked everybody to come outside with hands up," he said. "The kids came out, the parents came out and they ran in there and started searching. They hit the RV next. They tried to get into the Durango and started breaking the windows the cops because they couldn't find the keys or something. The next thing you know, they took them one by one - the mom, the dad and then the kids ."

The neighbor told News 4 Tucson he did not know the family. He would wave occasionally. He said he never imagined there was possibly something illegal going on.

He added, they seemed like a nice family and there was never anything suspicious.

Just four miles away at an apartment complex, federal agents were also seen raiding one of the apartments.

Other law enforcement agencies assisted with serving the warrants, including the FBI, Tucson Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Pima County Sheriff's Department and Sierra Vista Police Department.

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