SWAT team raids home in Chandler


by Mike Watkiss

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Posted on May 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Updated Sunday, May 13 at 11:39 AM

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The Pinal County Sheriff's SWAT team raided a home in a quiet Chandler neighborhood on Friday morning.

The suspects they were looking for were apparently sound asleep inside.

The raid netted guns, drugs and two suspects.

"We tend to go after the more violent of the criminals," said Lt. Matthew Thomas of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, as he and about two dozen other battle-dressed members of the Pinal County's SWAT team prepared to serve what is known as a "high-risk search warrant."

"We prepare for the worst case scenario and then hope for the best," explained Thomas.

"We anticipate finding drugs and guns at the location," Thomas said as a caravan of police vehicles departed from a rendezvous spot and headed to a nice home on a quiet street in a tidy Chandler subdivision.

3TV was on scene for the dramatic entry into the home near Ray and McQueen roads.

An adult man and an adult woman from inside the home were taken into custody and inside, as anticipated, investigators say they found one-hundred pounds of pot worth about $50,000 and many weapons, including AK-47s, sawed-off shotguns and even a grenade launcher.

"These people hide themselves within the community. Sometimes they don't hide themselves. Sometimes they're intimidating the community. The community's afraid to take action," said Thomas.