Kokomo police, federal agents swarm neighborhoods during drug-related raids

KOKOMO, Ind. -- Federal prosecutors cracked down on suspected drug activity in Howard County.

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency, along with the FBI and United States Attorney, served search warrants at several homes in Kokomo.  The raids came as part of an ongoing drug investigation.

More than a dozen federal officers with the ATF, IRS and DEA raided one home on Windsor Drive.   Like all the morning raids, they didn’t go in quietly.

“I heard a couple loud booms.  At first I thought they were gunshots.  I asked my husband if he heard the gunshots,” said neighbor Joann Wiley.

Joann, of course, didn’t hear gunshots but flash grenades.  She lives down the street from a home on Courtland which was also searched by the feds.

Neighbors who live near the home on Windsor say they long suspected some type of drug activity was taking place, though right now it’s not clear how the investigation began.  A spokesman with the U.S. Attorney’s Office says those documents remain under seal.

“I’m glad they’re cleaning the place up. I’ve lived here 10 years and have kids.  We don’t want this kind of stuff in our neighborhoods.  It’s killing people.  People need to realize if you mess with it you’re going down,” Joann said.

Wearing blue shirts with Operation Law and Order on the back, federal agents seized a number of items from different homes.

Investigators would not say how many people were arrested, but several suspects were taken into custody at the Howard County Emergency Management Office as well as at the criminal justice center.

“It’s scary.  I pray for people that have drug problems, but people who are selling have to know they’re not doing the right thing.”

Officials refused to discuss details of the investigation on camera, but they do plan to hold a news conference on the issue Wednesday morning in Kokomo.