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13 arrested during stolen property, drug bust

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GILBERT, Ariz. - Police pulled out large bales of marijuana from one home, and a dozen or more bikes from another.

Teams of officers hit four locations in the East Valley Wednesday morning.

"I just heard like a big old bomb go off. And I came running outside, and I saw all the SWAT going in and out and everything," said Daniella Montoya.

In all, police arrested 13 people, ten of them in one house alone. A house that didn't have any water or electricity service.

Police were seen handcuffing a woman on the front lawn as officers searched inside the home.

"We had sales of meth, heroin, and marijuana, along with trafficking in stolen property to include stolen guns," said Jesse Sanger.

Gilbert Police say the investigation began seven months ago. "Citizens contacted us saying; "hey this is what is going on at the house, it's been going on for a while; we are sick of it, and we want it dealt with, we want them out of here, and they are ruining our quality of life," said Sanger.

Three of the homes searched this morning are in the old downtown Gilbert area, the fourth is in Chandler.

"I don't even know exactly what they were all doing, but there was just too much traffic at night and stuff... you just don't need that in your community," said Volkmann.

Police didn't say how this group operated, but they say it appears many of the stolen items came from the surrounding area.

"It's about time they just shut down the house already, like it always happens a lot, and I'm just getting tired of it," said Montoya.
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