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Secret Service, DEA, ATF Conduct Raid at Kaimuki Home

By Minna Sugimoto

KAIMUKI (KHNL) -- Many Kaimuki residents were rocked from their sleep, when officers from federal and city law enforcement agencies conducted a raid early Wednesday morning.

KHNL News 8 has exclusive video of police rounding up suspects at a Keanu Street home.

"Do you have anything to do with drugs or drug dealing at the house?" this reporter asked one of the suspects.

"Not at all. Just at the wrong place at the wrong time," the suspect replied.

Officers from more than half a dozen agencies -- including Secret Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Postal Inspectors and Drug Enforcement Agency -- storm the multi-unit house at about 6 am.

"I was sleeping, and then I heard somebody knocking the door," Junji Nemoto, neighbor, said. "I saw the corner house across the street, the SWAT team pointing the gun."

Agents remove evidence, such as computer equipment and an motorcycle. They say the raid is part of an ongoing identity theft, firearms and narcotics probe.

"It's good that it's happened 'cause, I don't know, you feel safer," a neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, said.

HPD homicide investigators are also at the scene. Sources say they're following up on last week's attempted murder in which a man with multiple gunshot wounds was dumped behind Washington Middle School.

The homicide team leaves empty handed.

All the neighbors we spoke with say they've long suspected criminal activity at the home. They say the residents welcomed visitors at all hours of the night.

"Couple years ago, funny people moved in," Nemoto said. "So I didn't like that."

Agents rush to a second home a few blocks away, and locate another suspect.

People who live in the area say they don't want it to be known as a crime haven.

"People, you know, think that that's what it is. But it's more than that," a neighbor said.

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