Early-morning FBI raid alarms Hughes Springs residents

By SONYA ROBERTS-WOODS/Publisher
Some residents just outside of Hughes Springs received an unwanted, early morning wake-up call in the form of Jeeps, helicopters and drones.
According to Hughes Springs Police Chief Randy Kennedy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) executed a search arrest warrant around 5 a.m. Sept. 19 at a residential location one mile northeast of the Hughes Springs city limits. Because it was a federal operation, no local agencies were involved in the search.
The residence, located on County Road 2998, is just off State Highway 11. The federal raid, which also involved the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) and Homeland Security, is believed to be related to drug and weapon offenses. Federal law enforcement officers originating out of Washington, D.C., also conducted an additional search at a secondary location in Daingerfield and interviewed a number of local residents. It is believed that at least one person was taken into federal custody as a results of the search, but no further information related to this incident has been released.
“This caused some people to get very upset and nervous because you had a lot of armed men running around town,” said Kennedy, who has served as police chief in Hughes Springs for 20 years. “Some of them were wondering if it was World War III around here so of course they called me concerned. Yes, it was quite frightening for a lot of people who just didn’t know what was going on.”
For a time, Kennedy himself didn’t know exactly what was happening. While the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received last-minute notification, the Hughes Springs Police Department did not.
“They (FBI agents) probably did not let us know because it was outside of city limits, but because this is a small town people in the county and the city are all affected at the same time.”