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LC Man Arrested At Hampstead Road HomeBy Jennifer Berry

March 03, 2005

When he left his house half an hour later, he said he saw another marked sheriff's vehicle parked at the nearby intersection of Chevy Chase Drive and Flintridge Avenue. While at his office, he said he received a call from a neighbor whose wife said she had been advised to stay away from her windows by law enforcement officials.

At least two people were led away from the house in handcuffs, the suspect's neighbor said. Information about a second person being arrested was unavailable.

"Armed drug dealers leave a trail of violence, and ATF aggressively pursues these violent offenders. These arrests will have a significant, positive effect on our community," ATF Special Agent in Charge John Torres said in a prepared statement.

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According to the statement, ATF officials from the Los Angeles Field Division said their agents served the search warrant, which originated in the ATF Charlotte Field Division office, on Blikian in the early morning hours of Feb. 24. They said members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department assisted.

The ATF statement said the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation began the investigation in September 2004. It continues in the Los Angeles area.

If convicted, Blikian faces a maximum of up to life imprisonment and a $2 million fine. He is being held in federal custody.

Other residents of the suspect's house could not be reached for comment.

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