FBI raids Cass County residents for drugs, guns

The huge operation, and the firepower that was brought in, was frightening to those who live in the neighborhood.

FBI raids Cass County residents for drugs, guns
RESIDENTS IN ONE NEIGHBORHOOD WOKE UP TO HELICOPTERS AND AN ARMY OF FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Residents in an East Texas neighborhood woke up to helicopters and an army of federal law enforcement on their street.

Around 5:30 a.m, FBI agents raided a home on county road 2998, about 2 miles east of Hughes Springs.

It was off a remote dirt road that federal agents hit a location looking for drugs and fire arms, waking neighbors Jimmie and Stephanie simpler. Jimmie being a Hughes Springs police officer.

"I got a call from a neighbor that lives right next to the house where this was going on asking if we knew what was going on," Stephanie says.

According to Hughes Springs authorities who were informed about the operation, it was massive. Over 100 agents were used. Helicopters, ATV's even drones were used.

Local officers were told that the operation was part of a FBI investigation into suspected gun and drug trafficking, and that they had been surveilling the location for several weeks.

“We had two helicopters and flash bangs. About six flash bangs going off down the road and you could hear them yelling,” Jimmie says.

But the huge operation, and the firepower that was brought in, was frightening to those who live in the neighborhood.

"It had armored vehicles. ATV but 3 or 4 of them camouflaged up. A SWAT team," says Jimmie.

The end result, drugs and guns confiscated, was a relief.

"The underground guns are the bad ones. I'm very thankful that they were taken out of our neighborhood," says Stephanie.

Morris county officials confirm that there was a similar , smaller scale, ATF and DPS raid near Daingerfield where a warrant was served on drug manufacturing.

Arrests were made, but no identities have been released.

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