Grand Haven Tribune: Federal search warrant executed near Jeffers Elementary

Federal search warrant executed near Jeffers Elementary

Becky Vargo • May 9, 2019 at 2:16 PM

CROCKERY TWP. — Neighbors said there was a large police presence on 144th Avenue, just south of Leonard Road in Crockery Township, shortly after the residents heard two loud “booms” early Thursday afternoon.

The house where federal authorities were conducting a search is just down the road from Jeffers Elementary School.

The neighbors were told that there was no danger; however, they were not allowed to go through the area.

Many of the men conducting the search were dressed in clothing that read “HSI,” a neighbor said. They were carrying guns and had surrounded the area.

A Homeland Security officer confirmed that a federal search warrant was being executed on the house and that it involved the Department of Homeland Security; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; a U.S. Postal Service inspector; and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

The Homeland Security officer also said that at no point were any of the neighbors in danger. He declined to provide anymore information, instead referring the Tribune to a public affairs officer.

Homeland Security public affairs spokesperson Khaalid Walls said the incident is part of an ongoing criminal investigation. However, he said the search warrant was under seal, so he could not reveal the nature of the investigation. Walls said that once the warrant is unsealed by a judge, more information would be available.

As of press time, no arrests had been made and the investigation continues.

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