Multiple agencies raid compound in SW Houston

Few details have come out, but some arrests were made and evidence taken in
November 19, 2013 2:47:42 PM PST
A federal investigation is underway in southwest Houston. Agents from multiple agencies are involved in what they call a code enforcement investigation.

Federal agents spent about eight hours searching throughout the property in the 12000 block of Zavalla. We saw them take away suspects and evidence, but agents remained very tight-lipped about what brought them here.

Neighbors described it as a chaotic scene as dozens of federal agents and police surrounded a compound for what Homeland Security agents will only describe as a court authorized enforcement operation.

Neighbor Casey Gragg said, "I'm kind of shocked."

Neighbors were shocked, wondering exactly what brought Homeland Security, the FBI, Border Patrol, State Police and SWAT in to raid this compound. Some say they woke up to noises and saw dozens of agents surrounding the place with guns drawn.

"I heard the commotion, the helicopters, and I heard a loud boom," Gragg recalled. "My first thought was to come check on a neighbor of mine."

Curious neighbors watched closely as agents took a couple of adults into custody. We also observed a large number of children being held in vehicles, and at one point agents brought the kids snacks during their investigation.

Agents spent hours walking through each of the three homes on the property, checking some trailers, occasionally bringing out bags of evidence and seizing a Dodge Ram and Cadillac Escalade.

"It's not uncommon to hear about this nowadays in the news," Gragg said. "In this neighborhood, it's starting to get more and more commonplace, it seems to be."

Neighbors say they've noticed a lot of traffic at the place recently. As agents left the compound, I walked in to try getting some answers from a couple of people on the property. A woman said "no" and quickly closed the door.

Because this case is sealed, agents are only telling us this is part of a larger ongoing investigation.

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