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Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle discusses a "multijurisdictional" raid taking place Friday afternoon at 2021 Grace Ave., Evans, in the Estates of Jones Creek. About a dozen people were arrested at the residence owned by Hugo Diaz, under a sealed federal indictment. Agencies participating in the raid, and in two others in Columbia County and one in Richmond County, included the Columbia and Richmond County sheriff's offices, the FBI, ICE and the IRS.

Agencies raid Evans home, three others

Multi-agency raid based on sealed federal indictment

Posted: November 4, 2011 - 7:07pm  |  Updated: November 5, 2011 - 10:51pm
An unidentified man is searched while being placed in custody during a "multijurisdictional" raid Friday in Evans, one of four homes subject to a sealed federal indictment.  Barry Paschal
Barry Paschal
An unidentified man is searched while being placed in custody during a "multijurisdictional" raid Friday in Evans, one of four homes subject to a sealed federal indictment.

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

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, as well as representatives of the FBI, IRS and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, are searching 2021 Grace Avenue in Evans, where people were sitting on the curb 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 off Evans-to-Locks Road, at about 5 p.m., Whittle said.

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 is valued at about $1.7 million.

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