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Feds, Metro serve search warrants throughout valley in drug investigation

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An investigator takes an evidence bag from his trunk during a Homeland Security raid at a warehouse space behind the Power Exchange sex club on Highland Drive Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Updated Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | 3:50 p.m.

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Metro Police officers leave the Power Exchange sex club on Highland Drive Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Homeland Security investigators raided a warehouse space behind the Power sex club. Launch slideshow »

Federal and local authorities were executing search warrants Wednesday at multiple locations across the Las Vegas Valley as part of drug investigation, officials said.

Natalie Collins, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Las Vegas, said one of the warrants was executed at a property in the 3600 block of South Highland Drive. A Sun photographer reported seeing law enforcement authorities going in and out of the Power Exchange sex club, 3610 S. Highland Drive, and captured images of authorities removing evidence from a warehouse behind the club. Collins said the warrant only identified an address and did not differentiate between businesses at the address.

Special agents with Homeland Security Investigations were executing the warrants with assistance from Metro.

Because the federal search warrants are under seal, no further information can be released at this point about the ongoing criminal investigation, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

“This enforcement action is being carried out by the authority of a court warrant,” Kice said.

A source familiar with the investigation said the investigation was not immigration-related but rather part of an investigation possibly involving synthetic drugs.

Staff writer Brian Nordli contributed to this report.

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  1. The "sex club" was not the target.

    "Police said they were not targeting the Power Exchange sex club, which happened to share space with the facility."