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ATF Says Monday’s South Baltimore Raid Part Of Ongoing Investigation

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Dozens of federal agents were in a special operation to catch violent criminals. But it ended with a wild chase and crash. WJZ was first to show you the chaos Monday night.

Mike Hellgren investigates how it unfolded.

Surveillance video shows suspects fleeing in an SUV that crashed into a car, and then speeding onto Patapsco Avenue during rush hour Monday.

The chaos that unfolded gave the public a rare look at a major ATF raid performed by one of the agency’s most exclusive crimefighting units, a SWAT-style team composed of agents from across the East Coast.

Business owner Larry Spector was just a few feet away.

“There’s no way that this many people could have been mobilized and respond that quickly,” Spector said. “It was astounding. It was almost as if they were coming out of the woodwork.”

The ATF has declined to give details on who they targeted and arrested.

One agent was hurt. He’s now out of the hospital.

Analyst Vernon Herron works with the University of Maryland’s Center for Health and Homeland Security.

“I would suspect they were doing surveillance and planning for an entire year,” Herron said. “These are very unpredictable. You’re dealing with people who have a propensity for violence. And they’re not going to give up easily.”

The unit targets hot spots, developing a list of the worst offenders. In this case, they made several arrests and say the community is safer now because of it.

“This was very well organized,” Spector said.

“These officers train year-round,” Herron said. “They’re tactical officers, and they train for situations just like this.”

The ATF has declined to speak on camera but say this is an ongoing investigation and there could still be more arrests.

Baltimore City Police also assisted in the raid.

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  1. Crazy World. says:

    That looks like that black guy drivin the white ford explorer…think he owns that pawn shop on Patapsco Ave between like 4th n 5th street in Brooklyn…..I remembered they raided his store like two years ago or so…must be doin illegal buyin n sellin goods….accordin to police departmant.

  2. TJ says:

    Great job , TRY GOVANS NEXT

  3. PARKVILLE MARYLAND says:

    THE MEXCAN’S BRING THE DRUGS IN THE USA. THE BLACK MAN SELLS IT TO ONE ANOTHER.SOME HOW THE WHITE MAN TAKES THE BLAME

    1. J-Rock says:

      The white man stinks!!!!!!

      1. WHO IS WHO IN THE ZOO says:

        THE BLACK MAN BUYS BEER WINE FROM THE KOREANS< AND POT< COCAINE< CRACK FROM BLACK PEOPLE. BLACK FOLKS ARE DESTROYING THERE OWN NEIGHBORHOODS KILLING EACH OTHER. THIS IS NOT BREAKING NEWS D_J_ROCK MAN GANG BANGER

      2. robertryan says:

        J-Rock, so does your Motha’s crack.

  4. BETTER LATE THEN NEVER says:

    A.T.F verses’s Baltimore city , drugs and drug gangs meeting there match. WHAT TOOK SO LONG?

  5. Jason Bird says:

    I like how the white man is so INNOCENT!!!!

  6. WAR AGAINST DRUGS says:

    THE THUGS, DRUG GANGS, will half to find another town

  7. BALTIMORE CITY THUGS LONG OVERDUE. ARREST ALL GANG MEMBERS says:

    LOOKS LIKE THIS IS A BIGGOT BLOG. THE POLICE , THE THUG, THE ZOO

  8. THE BLACKS DESTROYED BALTIMORE CITY says:

    ALL GHETTOS ARE FULL OF BLACK THUGS, BLACK GANGS,,,,A.T.F JOB WELL DONE

  9. JAQUTTA AND HER BABY GIRL's GIRL'S says:

    A.T.F HAS it’s work cut out in BALTIMORE CITY , THE B.C.P.D. CAN’T HANDLE THE JOB,,,,, THANKS A.F.T ,,,,PLEASE FINISH THE JOB

  10. RaUCHEL STOCKDALE says:

    I HOPE THE BALTIMORE CITY JUDGES PUT THESE DRUG GANGS BEHIND BARS FOR A LONG TIME< AS MANY LIVES AS THEY RUINED THEY SHALL BE PUNISHED FOR THERE CRIMES

  11. KAREN says:

    A.T.F. PLEASE STAY IN BALTIMORE CITY INTIL THE JOB IS FINISHED

  12. John Scoone says:

    Looks like a scene from “The Wire”. Who’d they get this time?

  13. h says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close bad cases.

    After tens years and two wars the U.S. Military has become proficient in its use of torture. New techniques have been developed that are also being used by the Department of Justice (D.O.J.) employees to help fabricate evidence and punish dissent.

    Humiliation, drugging sleep deprivation, stress positions, threats of physical violent, very long term harassment, etc… are commonly used by the FBI and DEA to reduce suspects so it is easier to fabricate evidence.

    Corrupt DOJ, DOD, and CIA employees had taken bribes from Al Quida in exchange for information and logistics support in the four years leading up to 9/11.

    When one considers that the 9/11 terrorists could take jumbo jet flying lessons, move about the country unobstructed but no speak English, live for several weeks less than two miles from the NSA head quarters and be on state department watch lists this makes sense.

    1. Question says:

      Just curious, why are they doing all this? If this country fails, all the “rich” folks are going to go down with it. If the world falls into chaos, power will have no meaning other than who has a bigger gun, and of someone uses that bigger gun, we all go down. So…. what is the purpose of this conspiracy of yours?

      1. peter o neil says:

        Question, These cataclysmic events don’t happen overnight. The rich will stay rich & in power. It’s all the peons like the rest of us 99% that are scrambling for tiny piece. Do you understand now?

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