NEWINGTON -Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of area police staged an early morning raid at 285 Maple Hill Ave. Thursday.
Federal officials said the raid was narcotics-related and is part of an ongoing operation. Family members at the home, including a young child, left a few minutes after FBI agents drove off. It did not appear as though anyone was taken into custody.
The raid was part of a larger operation that included multiple locations in Hartford, said Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley. “Law enforcement showed up with guns and SWAT gear,” Foley said adding that the department took to Twitter to tell residents in Newington and other locations to not be alarmed. “I wanted to tell residents they are safe. If you don’t do it, it builds fear and distrust.”
The house in Newington, which is set back from the road, was decorated for Christmas with a children’s play set in the yard.
FBI agents with K-9s could be seen inspecting the yard. A woman warned reporters away after the FBI agents left at about 10:15 a.m.
A nearby neighbor who declined to be identified said he was woken up by the sound of knocking Thursday morning. When he answered the door, FBI agents asked him if he lived at his address. They also asked how many people lived in his home, but didn’t answer any questions as to why they were in the neighborhood, he said. The family has lived at the home for a couple of years, he said. He had no idea why FBI agents would be going through the house.
Agents left without speaking to reporters who had gathered on the sidewalk at the end of the long driveway which was situated between two other homes that are closer to the street.
Newington police said they were told by the FBI that agents would be at the address but local police did not participate in the raid. Newington officers were on scene for a period of time but had left by 9:30 a.m.
Newington police said the last time they were at the address was in 2015 for a barking dog complaint.
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