This is an ongoing operation working jointly with every single agency you can imagine here in our local area — FBI Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda
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Agents from more than a dozen law enforcement organizations served 16 federal search warrants in multiple raids before dawn Thursday in Albuquerque’s South Valley, FBI officials announced at an early morning news conference.
The FBI called the news conference at 7:30 a.m. describing it as “urgent” and “breaking news.”
But FBI Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda gave few details, except to say the warrants were related to an ongoing investigation by the FBI’s Violent Crime Gang Task Force.
He said he couldn’t divulge the nature of the investigation, what was seized or if anyone was arrested.
It is unclear where in the South Valley the warrants were served, but the news conference was held in the 1400 block of Atrisco SW.
With the number of warrants served, “obviously some folks are going to jail,” Bujanda said.
The search warrants, supporting affidavits and an inventory of what was seized, remained sealed late Thursday.
“This is an ongoing operation working jointly with every single agency you can imagine here in our local area,” Bujanda said.
Participating agencies, according to an FBI spokesman, included the Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Albuquerque Police Department; Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office; New Mexico State Police; Valencia County Sheriff’s Office; and the Rio Rancho Police Department.