INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Federal Bureau of Investigation led a series of coordinated raids around Indianapolis Friday.
The raids included federal, state and local resources throughout the city.
More than a dozen SWAT teams took part in the operation, which focused on tracking down people involved in drug activity, gun trafficking and gangs.
Richard Grundy III, a man investigators and prosecutors accused of leading a murderous Indianapolis drug gang, was detained by authorities as part of the sweep.
Sources indicated to CBS4 News that Grundy was a target of the raids after his name surfaced as part of federal surveillance during a recent drug investigation.
The raids started around 6 a.m. at several areas around Indianapolis, including locations on the west side and north side. Authorities were conducting warrant sweeps and working to break up local drug operations.
Police blocked Central Avenue from 34th Street to 36th Street, flashing blue and red lights all around the Constitution Gardens Apartments.
Residents there said they heard police call for one apartment in particular to vacate. The fire alarm blared through the building as residents saw officers all over the place.
In a neighborhood off of 21st Street and Medford Avenue, another SWAT raid took place. Authorities put at least two people in the back of squad cars as local narcotics and FBI agents went through the home.
Later on in the morning, SWAT teams raided again, this time at a duplex in the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. At least one man was detained. The man's sister told CBS4 News she didn't believe brother would be involved in gang activity.
"My brother has a hard head, but he’s a good guy. It’s all about his kids and his family," Tenisha Williams said.
Williams added she was happy her brother's young children weren't home during the time of the SWAT hit on the house.
Sources tell CBS4 News that at least seven people including Grundy were transported to the FBI Headquarters Friday afternoon:
- Ezzell Neville
- Thomas Bullock
- Undrae Moseby
- Michael Hyatte
- Dion Gregory Madison
- Robert Lisenby
- Daona Gholston
- Lance Hatcher
- David Carroll
All of them are listed in the Marion County Jail and were brought in by U.S. Marshals. At least two are believed to be associated of Richard Grundy.
In September, Grundy avoided jail time after murder charges filed against him were dropped.
At one time, Grundy was charged with leading a major drug conspiracy ring that was investigated for its role in more than a dozen unsolved murders.
Since the arrests of Grundy and his associates in the winter of 2015, several cases have been dismissed due to unreliable witnesses, other murder trials ended in acquittals and most of the co-defendants have pleaded guilty to reduced charges while, occasionally, picking up new criminal counts.
Keirian Brown, the attorney who represented Richard Grundy during his recent plea agreement on state drug charges, said he was unaware of today’s developments.
Along with the FBI, the sweep included the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Indiana State Police.