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FBI raids Poughkeepsie store, 12 arrested

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Twelve people are under arrest after FBI agents swarm a Poughkeepsie store. YNN's Elaina Athans tells us about the raid and how the city is responding.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A Poughkeepsie store right along heavily trafficked Main Street was raided by the FBI and it lead to a dozen arrests. Boost Mobile by all accounts, according to signs, looks like a place that offers cell phone services. But the U.S. Attorney's office says it was the epicenter of a "dangerous, destructive and potentially lethal heroin operation."

"I am surprised. I'm surprised that it's closed right now. I'm shocked," said resident Raheim Abdel.

The investigation into the drug ring started December of last year. Indictments were handed up and 12 people were arrested. All are from Poughkeepsie.

"A lot of intelligence, a lot of detail, a lot of information, a lot of planning go into these kind of operations," said City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik.

This is the first FBI raid in Poughkeepsie in more than five years. It comes just after the city joined a partnership.

"The Safe Streets Task Force recently last year has made arrests similar in Newburgh, so we participate," said Tkazyik.

The task force is a collaborative initiative pulling resources together from regional and federal police.

“This type of activity plagues our streets, our neighborhoods, our schools. And this send a clear message to those criminals that the City of Poughkeepsie is not going to tolerate this and you will be placed behind bars where you belong," said Tkazyik.

All of the defendants were arraigned Thursday. Five of the twelve were already in custody before the raid facing other charges.

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