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Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- A multi-agency raid in Central City has landed five people behind bars.

The home on Simon Bolivar Boulevard is the same address where a deadly shooting killed a toddler and mother of three last spring.

'Ain't nothing in there ma'am. I'm serious,' said Linda Allen as she watched special agents with the ATF and NOPD execute a search warrant inside her Central City house on Friday.

Two cars parked on the street were also inspected by K-9 units while a chopper flew overhead. Then, one-by-one, two unidentified men were handcuffed and taken from the scene.

'We will continue to try and develop witnesses to give us additional information on additional subjects associated with these individuals and other criminal enterprises and organizations in this neighborhood,' said ATF Special Agent Robert Schaal.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says seven people are being charged in a 16-count federal indictment for distribution and possession of crack cocaine.

Four on the list -- Burnell, Sonny, Eugene and Lionel -- appear to be members of the Allen family sharing the same surname.

'That's my son, Lionel Allen,' confirmed Linda as she saw him arrested at the scene.

The ATF says a search warrant was executed at 4 p.m. Four people were arrested connected to the indictment and a fifth person was arrested later Friday night.

The Simon Bolivar Boulevard house was the scene of last May's quintuple shooting where 5-year-old Brianna Allen and 33-year-old Shawanna Monnie Pierce were both killed.

Court documents show that Brianna's father, Lionel Allen and several others were the intended target of those bullets fired by alleged members of the 110-ers gang.

With this latest bust now over, authorities say more will likely follow as investigators chase down leads.

'We finished this phase. We will see this through for prosecution. We will work to identify other groups who try to establish control in this area. We will aggressively target them and bring them to justice as well,' Schaal said.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says if convicted of the drug conspiracy charges, each of the defendants could face 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and a 5-year term of supervised release.

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