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Drug raid prompts ongoing concern in Missoula neighborhood

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MISSOULA - Two men appeared in federal court Wednesday on drug trafficking charges in connection with an early morning raid on a Missoula area home this week.

In the Canyon Creek neighborhood west of Missoula, months of suspicious activity did not go unnoticed. Neighbors near the 7000 block of Calistoga Lane told MTN News that it is a nice neighborhood, where people buy houses to raise their families.

This unwelcome activity is why since August, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office has responded to almost 30 complaints of drug traffic and suspicious people at the property, according to court documents.

Early Tuesday morning, neighbors told MTN News they heard loud bangs coming from the house and saw law enforcement vehicles blocking the area as a federal SWAT Team raided the residence and an additional structure on the property.

The FBI Regional Violent Crime Task Force is a collaboration of local and federal agencies who investigates violent crimes like drug trafficking where firearms are involved.

According to court documents, they have been investigating complaints about 40-year-old Allen Wesley Harwood for months now, who is listed as owning the Calistoga Lane property. He appeared Wednesday in U.S. District Court alongside 20-year-old Dezmen Patron for conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Although no one in the neighborhood was willing to be interviewed on camera, residents told MTN News they are still afraid for their safety, as there continues to be multiple people using the house and detached garage on the property. It's described in court documents as a ‘flop house’ where people use methamphetamine.

Court documents say that Harwood and Patron have been making trips to Washington to buy methamphetamine, and are selling it for close to five times more than what they bought it for in Spokane.

They are currently being held in the Missoula County Detention Center, but Patron may be released under court supervision to live with family in Ravalli County.

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