Phoenix police raid downtown motel

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Phoenix police raided a motel in downtown Phoenix following a monthslong investigation.

Door by door, police served search warrants to suspected criminals at the Las Palmas Inn.

Police say it's infested with at least six gangs, weapons, and drug traffickers.

"This operation focused on gangs, guns, and drugs. Again, the same mantra that I've been talking about for the past two years. It is the three major issues that I see for the city of Phoenix," Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia said.

Police say "Operation Hurricane" started when businesses in the area called police for help because criminals were living in and using their facilities.

"You know, we have over 1,800 kids that live in that area and they're all under the age of 17. We need our police. We need their help, and I'm proud of our operation today," said Shannon Dubasik with the Capital Mall Association.

Since the operation began last fall, police have arrested 71 people, including the hotel manager and several employees.

"We were dealing with criminals that were residing in this hotel that were committing crimes in North Phoenix, West Phoenix, South Phoenix, and a wide range of areas all within the city of Phoenix," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Brian Freudenthal.

Police say they've talked with the motel manager, who lives out of town, and he's committed to stopping crime.

More arrests are expected.

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