7 in custody after morning raid

Federal, state and local police agencies descended upon the Dogwood Terrace housing project off 15th Avenue this morning as part of major investigation into drug sales in that area.

Anthony Russo, the supervisory senior resident agent of the FBI’s field office in Augusta, said seven people are in custody on various charges relating to drug and weapons possession.

Agent Russo said the FBI’s Central Savannah River Area Safe Streets Task Force, began the investigation into a group called Small World, which he described as a “group of guys all of working together to control the drug distribution trade in that housing project.”

Authorities seized more than $50,000 in cash, about nine guns, several automobiles and powdered and crack cocaine, Agent Russo said.

The suspects, whose names were not immediately released, were involved in drug actives throughout the area.

“It transcended the boundaries of Dogwood Terrace,” Agent Russo said.

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