11 people arrested during drug raid at one southwest side home

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Indianapolis police arrest nearly a dozen people during a raid on the city’s southwest side.

Police found guns and drugs inside the home near Plainfield and Lynhurst over the weekend.

Broken windows and torn up furniture set by the curb has been left behind after the raid on Phillips Drive.

Police seized drugs, guns and cash and arrested nearly a dozen suspects.

“We want to let the public know we have no tolerance for drug activity or those involved in it,” said IMPD commander Michael Spears.

Spears didn’t want to speak about specifics of the raid, but he praised his officers who are part of what’s called a "Flex team."

That team is dedicated to cracking down on problem spots, especially at suspected drug houses.

“That means when citizens report problems to us we can respond quickly and aggressively,” said Spears.

“I just think the whole situation is not good at all,” said Aaron Austin.

Austin describes the 11 people arrested in the home as friends and family.

He questions why the officers needed to tear up carpeting, rip apart a car sitting outside and punch holes in the walls.

“They busted holes in walls like we were hiding drugs,” said Austin. “This is highly unnecessary.”

In June, the police chief and mayor announced the kick off of Operation First Step, a city wide crackdown on illegal guns and drugs that resulted in dozens of arrests.

City leaders believe the busts will improve the quality of life for neighborhoods fighting drug problems.

“We don’t want people afflicted by the scourge of drugs and narcotics dealing,” said Spears.

This story isn’t unique to the southwest side. The same day officers on the north side raided another home and arrested six people in a very similar raid.

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