Here is a bit more info on yesterday's dramatic raid at 3851 Emerson Ave. N....
I have scoured the jail roster and NOT found the two individuals reportedly arrested. This may mean they were detained at a facility other than the Hennepin County Jail or were released. Given the amount of evidence two witnesses observed to be seized, I'm guessing the arrestees are simply not in the Hennepin County jail or (another possibility) their addresses are not in North Minneapolis, so they escaped my search of the roster.
However, my source tells me (passing on info from more than one eyewitness given to my source) the two men the FBI showed "the most interest in" were men that hadn't been previously seen hanging around the property. Speculating freely (but why not?) my source thinks these may have been individuals involved in drug dealing who were too important to risk getting pinched for street level sales. Authorities were at the house two and a half hours and removed "boxes filled with manilla envelopes." Having observed these raids before, I know evidence is cleanly "bagged and tagged" with manilla envelopes so even though it LOOKS like records being seized, whatever is in the envelopes might be objects other than paper records. Like drugs. But who knows? I'm still hoping this was a counterfeiting operation, simply because that would be, um, cool.
During the raid, numerous small children and the "womenfolk," who seemed to be from the 3853 side of the duplex unit were hanging around and watching. The children fussed often and were told, just as often, to (this is a direct quote) "Shut the fuck up."
"Heartwarming," said my source, with obvious sarcasm.
A realtor who participates in the North Talk Facebook forum stated he had seen people moving freely between the two units at a time in the not-so-distant past (this spring) and, while showing a house nearby, was forced to admit 3851 Emerson Ave. N. was likely to present any new home buyer constant livability issues.
My source prays to whatever administrative gods may be listening to please, please, please cause some kind of property seizure to take place at this duplex, since this seems to be the only way any peace will come to that block.