Gang enforcement raid sweeps through Walla Walla, region

Federal and local law enforcers carried out the sweep starting at 6 a.m. today.

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WALLA WALLA -- Local law enforcement agencies and federal agents turned out early today as part of a widespread raid on suspected gang members locally and elsewhere.

The sweep began at 6 a.m. today in Walla Walla, Milton-Freewater, the Tri-Cities, Spokane, the Spokane Valley "and a large swath of Southeastern and Eastern Washington," said FBI Supervising Senior Agent Frank Harrill.

The sweep targeted people involved in "criminal enterprises and gang enforcement," Harrill said.

Along with the FBI, the raid involved Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater police and the Walla Walla County and Umatilla County sheriff's offices.

Today's raid was the latest multiagency sweep in Southeastern Washington and may be the first time Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater have been involved, according to past news reports.

According to reports published in the Tri-City Herald, previous sweeps occurred in 2009, 2010 and 2011, resulting in 185 arrests total.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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