BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Police Department assisted agents from Homeland Security Investigations in serving a search warrant at a residence at 213 Birge Street Tuesday morning.
Brattleboro Police Chief Gene Wrinn, who had no comment on the execution of the search warrant, referred the Reformer to a Department of Homeland Security media liaison, who said he had no information at this time.
"It is an ongoing criminal investigation and that search warrant is under federal seal in district court," said Khaalid Walls, spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of DHS.
The Reformer requested a comment from the U.S. Attorney's Office, which applied for the search warrant, but did not receive a response prior to press time.
However, a nearby resident told the Reformer what she saw from her window.
"I saw the evidence being taken out. There were two trunk loads of guns."
Another witness told the Reformer that at least six rifles and nine handguns were taken from the house, but were returned after two men were led away in shackles just before 4 p.m. That witness said federal agents confiscated several home computers and were seen carrying out baggies of photographs and documents and several cardboard boxes with unknown contents.
The search warrant was served at about 10 a.m. and federal agents stormed the building with weapons drawn, using shields and bullet-proof vests, said the witness.
The Brattleboro Police Department took at least four dogs from the house, said another witness.
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