ATF Raids Several Des Moines Metro Locations

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it completed several raids in the Des Moines area early Wednesday morning and say they were successful.

A months-long investigation led to half a dozen raids in Des Moines and the surrounding metro. An official with the ATF says they were executing search warrants related to guns and drugs.

One of the locations raided was a home in the 800 block of E. Guthrie in Des Moines.

“Anytime you can get drugs and guns off the street it’s a good day,” says John Ham with the ATF.

"We measure success maybe a little differently than other folks but anytime we can execute a number of operations safely without any of our people getting hurt, without anyone in the community getting hurt," said Ham.  "We can further an investigation to a group of people that are up to no good and potentially dangerous. That is a good day for us. That is a good day for the community."

Ham says the raids began about 5:00 a.m. Wednesday and all the scenes were cleared by 8:30 a.m. In one location flash bang grenades were used but officials say no one was injured.

The Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assisted the ATF in the raids.

The ATF is waiting for the U.S. Attorney’s Office to give them permission to release more information about the raid and whether anyone was taken into custody.