Many Atwater Village residents awoke early this morning to the sound of explosions and the sight of heavily-armed FBI agents on the streets as the agency served search warrants at two locations during pre-dawn raids. The raids took place on Revere Street and Seneca Avenue, according to Lt. Steven Flores with the LAPD Northeast Division, which was not involved in the FBI operation. A resident who lives near the house that was raided in the 3800 block of Revere Street at about 5:30 a.m. describes what happened:
Stun grenades woke my house mates and me up, we ran outside to see what was going on and the streets were blocked off by unmarked FBI SUV’s. Three hummers and a couple vans were in front of the house they were raiding. The FBI agents were wearing full riot gear and were carrying M-16’s.
When I drove by the house on my way to work about an hour later most of the FBI was gone, but a few field agents were still there, looked like they were writing reports. The windows had been blown out of the house on the upstairs balcony and the huge gate that blocks their driveway had been removed.
*Update: An FBI spokeswoman said arrests were made in connection with an investigation involving allegations of narcotics sales and distribution. She did not have many details but said the agents delivered state warrants at multiple locations. The explosions residents heard were flash-bang grenades used to stun or distract suspects. FBI agents were still present this afternoon at a large, two-story house on Revere Street and had Seneca Avenue blocked off.
- The cocaine, cars & Cartiers behind the FBI Atwater raid. The Eastsider