FBI, SWAT Teams Sweep East Bay For Drugs, Weapons

16 warrants served late Wednesday, mostly in Oakland.

By Jodi Hernandez and Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Apr 25, 2013  |  Updated 4:33 PM PDT
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Four people were arrested -- and drugs and guns seized -- after FBI agents and local police served 16 search warrants in the East Bay early Thursday.

During the sweep, which began at 8 p.m. and ended at 1 a.m., 16 warrants were served in Oakland and one each in Antioch, Hayward, and San Leandro. SWAT officers assisted the FBI agents.

In the end, there were five arrests, four guns and "abundant" drugs taken.

Here are the specifics accordin to Oakland police:

  • Five arrests (four adults and one juvenile)
  • Four firearms seized
  • An abundant amount of narcotics (crack cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and “robo” – guaifenesin) recovered.

There were no injuries and "force wasn't used by officers," police told reporters.

An Acorn housing complex in West Oakland was searched as part of the sweep. More than a dozen SWAT officers arrived at 8th and Adeline streets and left 45 minutes later on armored vehicles.

Police Chief Howard Jordan says the housing complex was targeted because it is the center of a gang that was the focus of the overall sweep.

“I credit the success of the operation to our partnership with U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gerald Bessette,” said Chief Jordan. “We want the community to know that we will look for every possible way to reduce violent crime in Oakland.”

“This operation is an example of how effective the FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force and local law enforcement are when we work together to target a specific crime problem,” said FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bessette of the San Francisco Field Office. “The FBI is committed to continuing to partner with the Oakland Police Department to reduce gang violence in the community.”

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