Several People Arrested During Drug, Gun Trafficking Raid in San Fernando Valley

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ATF agents search for evidence during a raid on a home in the San Fernando Valley on Nov. 2, 2016. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

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Armed federal agents wearing all-black helmets and bulletproof vests conducted a raid shrouded in early morning darkness Wednesday in San Fernando as part of a larger operation against suspected gun traffickers and narcotics dealers.

Just moments after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents yelled, “Open the door! Open the door!” they swept through a cramped house in the 1400 block of Coronel Street, whose residents lived in what were later described as pack-rat conditions. Agents led a handcuffed man and a woman out of the home and shortly after 4 a.m. retrieved four guns, about $10,000 in cash and methamphetamine.

The suspects, identified as Anival Alvarez, 41, and Maribel Lopez-Reyes, 30, were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and two counts of distributing about one-quarter pound of the drug, authorities said.

The couple’s home was one of several in the San Fernando Valley raided by Los Angeles police and federal agents Wednesday as part of a joint six-month investigation by the two agencies. Seventeen people have been arrested on federal and state firearm and drug charges, including eight on Wednesday. Three others remain fugitives.

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