Several agencies raid Evans home; dozen arrested



Several agencies are involved in the raid of an Evans home Friday night that has resulted in a dozen arrests, said Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and representatives of the FBI, IRS and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are searching 2021 Grace Ave. in Evans, where people were sitting on the side of the road in handcuffs.

Whittle said there are raids being conducted at three houses in Columbia County and one in Richmond County, but all the addresses haven’t been released.

Information regarding the raid is under a sealed federal indictment and could possibly be available within a few days, Whittle said.

The arrests are being handled through ICE, he said.

Officers arrived at the home, located in The Estates at Jones Creek subdivision, about 5 p.m. Friday.

There was no danger posed to other residents before or during the raid, Whittle said.

“No one needs to be alarmed at the presence of these people,” he said.

County records show that the lot was purchased by Hugo Diaz in 2008. The 11,500-square-foot home has eight bedrooms and bathrooms and is valued at about $1.7 million.