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Jun 17, 2014 5:05 PM by Janine Reyes

ATF Agents, CCPD Conduct Multiple Morning Drug Raids

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Several people woke up this morning to what sounded like gunfire when ATF agents and the Corpus Christi Police Department worked together in a drug raid at several locations.

Police arrested two people and confiscated about 7 pounds of marijuana.

"Just out of the blue, I didn't I didn't hear anything but just a couple of gunshots, I hit the floor," neighbor Joe Bangert described waking up to a raid virtually in his backyard.

He and his neighbors had no warning and could not leave their homes on Williams Drive during the raid. Authorities arrested a neighbor identified as Aaron Trevino, a Texas Syndicate Gang member, who is now facing charges for drug possession.

We're told police found about 7.5 pounds of marijuana, some cocaine and heroin in the home. They did not find any weapons.

Eight miles away on 22nd Street, more agents and more police working the same case served another search warrant.

"It was just a guy a girl and a baby," said one neighbor who asked not to be named.

The girl she spoke of is Nichole Villarreal, police picked her up on an outstanding warrant.

Her sister-in-law is now caring for her baby, who our cameras caught at the scene with just a diaper on.

While agents did not recover drugs on 22nd Street, they say they did gather more evidence to help their investigation.

Neighbors living nearby hope to find out more about what's going on next door, too.

"I'm going to have a talk with my landlord and figure out what's going on," Bangert told us.

The ATF says both homes are part of the same investigation. We're told agents served search warrants at three homes.

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