The Department of Homeland Security raided an East Williamsburg apartment building this weekend

credit: Gothamist

credit: Gothamist

Early Sunday morning, agents of the NYPD and the Department of Homeland Security conducted a raid on the apartment building located at 221 Devoe Street in East Williamsburg, Gothamist reports.

The DHS arrived in a heavily-armored MRAP (“mine-resistant/ambush-protected“) vehicle emblazoned with “HSI SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAM.” HSI stands for Homeland Security Investigations, which is a subdivision of DHS’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division. According to its website, “HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues.”

Serious shit!

According to one resident of the block, an NYPD officer claimed that the raid turned up “kilos of heroin.” The DHS told Gothamist that the raid was part of “an ongoing investigation.”

Moral: don’t run a heroin smuggling operation out of your Williamsburg apartment, because the DHS will come wake up your whole block on Sunday night and your neighbors will not like you very much.


[via Gothamist]


  1. Voodoo Child says:

    Pointing firearms at startled neighbors, a war response to a drug warrant?!
    That IS terrorism of all the neighborhood’s residents.
    Wake up People!
    Tell them this will NOT be tolerated!
    Read a history book please!

  2. Piero Robelli says:

    Assume for a millisecond there indeed was–ahem–kilos of heroin at this location, even so, this was a massive unprecedented response to the matter (though I doubt this was really a drug raid). See it for what it really is: a Federal terrorist raid. A warm up exercise of things to come. This is a wake up call. Interesting there is no major coverage of this event, and it is an event.

  3. I really find it curious how not one major news organization has reported this. NYPD no comment. Nothing in the daily police blotter. This whole thing stinks to high heaven. Since when does DHS do drug raids? Someone is lying and if it was the way it was before the internet this would be a total cover up.

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