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Heroin, meth, guns seized in Valley sweep

Police and SWAT members converged at 213 E. Bruce in Gilbert to serve a warrant during a drug and stolen property investigation Wednesday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News) Police and SWAT members converged at 213 E. Bruce in Gilbert to serve a warrant during a drug and stolen property investigation Wednesday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Some of the items seized during Wednesday's sweep. (Source: Gilbert Police Department) Some of the items seized during Wednesday's sweep. (Source: Gilbert Police Department)
GILBERT, AZ (CBS5) -

Police in three Valley cities seized stashes of heroin and methamphetamine and recovered several stolen guns after a lengthy drug and stolen property investigation.

Officers from Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa and Tempe served search warrants at three locations  in Gilbert and one in Chandler on Wednesday morning.

Warrants were also served at two locations in Phoenix on Tuesday, Gilbert police Sgt. Jesse Sanger said.

Officers arrested 13 people at the six sites and dozens more arrests were expected, Sanger said.

Search warrants were served at:

  • 213 E. Bruce Ave., Gilbert.
  • An apartment complex at 235 E. Ray Rd., Chandler.
  • 130 W. Oak St., Gilbert.
  • 235 N. Birch St., Gilbert.
  • 4816 N. 69th Dr., Phoenix.
  • 1701 S. 65th Dr., Phoenix.

The house at 213 E. Bruce Ave., in Gilbert had no working utilities, but plenty of contraband inside. Police were seen carrying away about 10 bicycles and boxes full of other items.

Officers hauled 10 people away from the house but later let eight of them go. Three people were arrested, including a woman who showed up a couple hours after the warrant was served. She refused to speak with CBS 5 News.

Reports from neighbors helped initiate the investigation, Sanger said.

"I saw, like, a lot of random people and they would always be on their bikes in the middle of the night, just riding around," said Daniella Montoya, who lives near the house.

Sanger said it was a small percentage of people responsible for a large percentage of the crimes in the areas.

"If we can get rid of these target spot areas it makes the quality of life in the neighborhood that much better," Sanger said.

He said there didn't appear to be a single house that served as a headquarters. People would come and go and bring stolen items to sell or exchange for drugs, Sanger said.

No other information was available.

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