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BEND, Ore. (AP) — The FBI says agents conducted a series of drug raids in Central Oregon resulting in a dozen arrests.

Spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele says nine people were arrested on federal charges and three on local charges. She says the arrests were concentrated in the Madras and Redmond areas.

Steele declined to release many details about Wednesday’s action, saying the charging documents and search warrants are sealed. She says those arrested will likely make their initial federal court appearance Thursday in Eugene.

Steele says the federal arrests were based on alleged criminal activity, not immigration charges.

Residents in Madras and Culver told KTVZ ( ) they saw many police officers and FBI agents on the streets, and heard loud banging noises. One viewer told the station by email that Madras sounded like downtown Los Angeles.


Information from: KTVZ-TV,