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Officials Perform ‘Successful’ Raids of Des Moines Locations Wednesday Morning

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- A major drug sting unfolded Wednesday morning in the metro.

State and federal agents served search warrants at eight locations. They went to homes, apartments and an auto repair business.

The U.S. Attorneys Office says nine people were arrested. All but one is facing charges related to the distribution of methamphetamine.

The raid began at 5 a.m. and by the time some neighbors noticed anything out of the ordinary, the operation was almost over.

"There were cars all down the street in our driveway -- unmarked cars -- out of state too so we knew it was something big," said Melissa Parks of Des Moines.

Agents from ATF, DCI's Narcotics Division and State troopers swarmed the neighborhoods.

No one was hurt in Wednesday morning's raid and officials are calling it a success.

"Anytime we can execute a number of operations safely without any of our people getting hurt, without anyone in the community getting hurt, and we can further an investigation in to a group of people who are up to no good and potentially dangerous -- that's a good day for us. That's a good day for the community," said John Ham, ATF Public Information Officer.

Court documents show the drug investigation began in April. An informant alerted authorities about a possible meth ring. Investigators conducted an undercover operation that lead to the raids.

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