Officers Raid Alleged Drug and Gun Operation

PHILADELPHIA-(WTXF)-Only FOX 29 was there as an army of law enforcement officers descended on North Broad Street just after sunrise capping off after an 18-month long investigation into alleged drug dealing and gun running.

Neighbors, who asked not to be identified, were stunned as police shut down Broad Street and SWAT team officers in protective suits raided four homes on the 3100 block of Rosewood off Allegheny. This was part of a citywide operation that saw state, city and federal authorities raid 13 homes in Philadelphia.

As SWAT officers finished the raids, detectives and undercover officers from the attorney general's violent crime gun task force and the DA's office joined the DEA as they moved in to collect evidence. They exited several homes with weapons and drugs in evidence boxes.

Police took at least 10 people into custody during the 2-hour operation. DEA agents in protective suits searched apartments above this hair salon. Sources say this building contained a PCP cutting and distribution center.

Spokesmen for the attorney general, the DA and the DEA refused comment, citing an ongoing investigation.