SWAT vehicle rams into south Houston home during drug investigation; five arrested

May 16, 2013 8:33:45 PM PDT
Residents on Thursday night watched happily as police officers raided a south Houston home suspected in a drug dealing operation.

It happened around 6:30pm at the Cullen Estates neighborhood. While the homeowner now begins to repair the house, her renters are on their way to jail.

It was a dramatic entry by Houston police Thursday evening that left the tire tracks in the yard, a broken fence in back and a busted-out front window. SWAT officers used armored vehicles to take those inside by surprise. They surprised neighbors too.

"I was in my room and all of the sudden, I heard a loud noise. When I came out, I saw a big truck in the back of that yard and the fence was down," neighbor Candace Ward said.

According to HPD narcotics officers, anonymous tips from the neighborhood led them to the home in the 12000 block of Donegal. They executed a search warrant and found what they came for.

"Handguns and numerous weapons, a large amount of money and a large amount of narcotics," said Officer Kristin Uhlin with the HPD Narcotics Division.

Officers arrested five people without incident. All are believed to be residents and neighbors were not sad to see them go.

"I'm glad they stopped this," Uhlin said.

Police wouldn't tell us what kind of drugs or how many weapons were inside the home, only that they hit the house in dramatic fashion because of the number of weapons suspected at the house.

In the end, no one resisted arrest.
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