Sirens & Gavels

THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2010, 2 P.M.

19 arrested in gangs, drugs, guns sweep



One man was targeted by gunfire twice in 5 weeks. Another already faces an attempted murder charge for a June shooting. And several others are alleged to have sold large quantities of crack cocaine and methamphetamine throughout Spokane.

Those men were among 19 suspects arrested today as part of an 18-month drug and firearms investigation targeting Spokane-area gangs.

The arrests are not connected to Tuesday's homicide in the West Central neighborhood, nor to a gang shooting last month at Hoopfest.

“That’s an indication of the pervasiveness of the gang problem,” said Frank Harrill, agent in charge at the Spokane office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Read the rest of my story here.

Above is video of the raids shot from a sheriff's helicopter.




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