Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted raids on several homes in Desert Hot Springs, Thursday morning, according to a public information officer for the bureau.
The officer tells News Channel 3 federal agents executed arrest and search warrants for a narcotics investigation involving local gangs, but could not divulge the locations of the raids.
Five Coachella Valley men were arrested today on warrants stemming from indictments in a federal drug investigation into cocaine sales by a street gang.
Markese Denmon, 35, of Indio; Michael Claggett, 35, of La Quinta; Daniel Granados, 23, of Coachella; Irvin Henry, 37, of Indio; and Nigel Stewart of Desert Hot Springs were arrested during an early morning sweep by FBI agents, Indio police and the California Department of Corrections, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
The men are accused of being involved in a drug distribution network linked to the Rollin’ 30s Harlem Crips gang, Eimiller said.
They were indicted last year on various charges including conspiracy and selling cocaine.
Neighbors who called our newsroom directed KESQ crews to the scene of one of the raids on Calle Amapola, where one neighbor said he heard loud bangs early this morning. He said he saw a swarm of police and saw a helicopter hovering overhead.
Another neighbor told News Channel 3 he’s glad something is being done to clean up the streets.