FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Nine people including a juvenile were arrested Thursday after Fort Wayne Police raided five homes in an effort to stop the sale of fentanyl pills.

The operation included multiple people selling various pills and some even using a van to make deliveries throughout town, according to the Allen Superior Court documents.

Around 6 a.m., officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Narcotics Division served search warrants at homes at 1909 Chartwell Dr., 1933 Chartwell Dr., 2109 Chartwell Dr., 3817 Plaza Dr., and 4402 Lillie St. as part of an investigation into the sale of “counterfeit blue M30 pills containing fentanyl,” the department said in a news release.

During the raids, police seized 275 grams of fentanyl and 5 firearms (3 rifles and two handguns), the release said.  One of these handguns were stolen.

Arrested were:

  • Sfe Oh La, 27, on 2 counts of Level 2 felony Dealing Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug, four counts of Level 3 felony Dealing Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug, 1 count of Level 4 felony Dealing Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug, and 1 count of Level 6 felony Theft
  • Ha Na, 38, on 3 counts of Level 2 felony Dealing Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug
  • Ma Pe, 38, on 2 counts of Level 2 felony Dealing Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug
  • Sadid Mot, 38, on 1 count of Level 3 felony Dealing Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug and 1 count of Level 4 felony Dealing Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug
  • Ah Lee, 28, on 2 counts of Level 2 felony Dealing Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug
  • Abdul Razik Bin Mohamad Sayad, 21, on 1 count of Level 3 felony Dealing Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug and Level 4 felony Dealing Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug
  • Aung Kaing, 23, on 2 counts of Level 2 felony Dealing Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug, 2 counts of Level 3 felony Dealing Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug, and 1 count of Level 4 felony Dealing Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug
  • Cody Jackson, 30, on 1 count of Level 3 felony Armed Robbery, 1 count of Level 4 felony Possession of Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug, and 1 count of misdemeanor Resisting Law Enforcement
  • A 16-year-old juvenile on two counts of Level 2 felony Dealing Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug, 1 count of Level 3 felony Armed Robbery, and 1 count of Level 6 felony Resisting Law Enforcement

Fort Wayne Police were looking into the operation as early as late last month, when they fitted a criminal informant with recording equipment and $1,000 to purchase pills from a man identified as Mu Star Pa.

A second buy for Sept. 30 was set up between the informant and Pa. This time, the informant got into the backseat of a car driven by Pa with Cody Jackson sitting in the passenger seat, according to court documents.

Jackson is accused of brandishing a Rock Island Armory M-1911 A1-FS .45-caliber semi-automatic rifle and robbing the criminal informant of the marked cash the informant brought to the deal, court documents said.

Officers then tried to make a traffic stop on Pa’s car and Jackson fled, only to be caught with the marked cash in his pocket, according to court documents. While Pa is not listed as one of those arrested in the raids, he is also facing felony charges of dealing methamphetamines.

Days later, on Oct. 4, officers pulled over a gold Chrysler van with a false license plate driving north on Broadway at about 10:30 p.m.

Aung Kaing was driving the van with a woman identified as 22-year-old Sagee Da Be in the passenger seat. Officers discovered Kaing was driving with a suspended license and that he’s accused of having a vape pen loaded with THC, according to court documents.

A search of the van turned up a baggies of small blue pills along with a scale and $1,289 cash, court documents said. The pills weighed 13.3 grams and tested positive. A crystal-like substance weighing 18 grams that tested positive for methamphetamine was also found, according to those court documents.

In an interview with detectives, Da Be called Kaing her boyfriend and said he was making drug deliveries for his grandfather, according to court documents.

Kaing told detectives he knew nothing about the narcotics found in the van, court documents said.

Fort Wayne Police Department Captain Kevin Hunter said they took action to get fentanyl off the streets. He adds that drugs are not the same as they used to be years ago.

“Drugs now are so different than when I was growing up. The risk of death and overdose is so extreme right now that most things have Fentanyl laced into it so it’s just very very dangerous. Two milligrams is enough to kill somebody. That’s the same as two grains of salt,” Hunter said.