By Rick Sallinger

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Eight people were arrested in three different sets of drug raids in the Denver Metro area on Tuesday. They were carried out by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department Impact Unit.

Wearing balaclavas to hide their faces federal agents and the Arapahoe County Impact Unit fanned out to conduct their raids. Narcotics sniffing dogs searched for suspected drugs.

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A house In Lakewood on Jay Street south of Mississippi Avenue was targeted. Armed agents searched the inside while surprised neighbors watched from the street.

Matt McCulley saw several cars being hauled away.

Matt McCulley is interviewed by CBS4's Rick Sallinger (credit: CBS)

Matt McCulley is interviewed by CBS4’s Rick Sallinger (credit: CBS)

“That’s a big bummer, but it just goes to show the police are working hard,” McCulley said. “When you do something you shouldn’t do they come and take everything you’ve done to damage the community.”

Items taken out of the house were placed on the lawn and a car was covered with a sheet in the driveway.

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The raids are part of an investigation of into methamphetamine and cocaine distribution.

A search warrant was also recently served for a car and home in North Denver regarding a suspected meth lab. They consist of possibly explosive household and other chemicals.

Just last week extensive raids were carried out on suspected marijuana grow houses and warehouses throughout four counties. They were places suspected of operating under the cover of Colorado’s legalized marijuana.

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On Tuesday several police agencies searched a storage locker facility. Besides confiscation, several people were arrested as a result of state grand jury indictments which have been sealed by the court.

Each of Tuesday’s operations have been described as multi-state in scope and are ongoing.

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.


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