STAMFORD - Fifteen people are facing federal drug and firearm charges after law enforcement officials conducted at least two raids today in southwestern Connecticut.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was spotted outside 134 Lafayette St. this morning. Neighbors say they awoke to some kind of flash-bang sound to see a dozen SWAT team officers and federal agents out front.

Police say the raid was the result of a long-running investigation and an indictment handed down today shows federal agents had been watching the suspects from as far back as September of last year.

One suspect, alleged gang member Patrick Uzar, lived in the home, and according to authorities, was charged with running a drug and firearms ring that sold cocaine, ecstasy and weapons he's accused of trafficking from other parts of the state.

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