Predawn Raids Target Troubled Oakland Bakery POSTED: 6:37 am PDT August 3, 2007 UPDATED: 12:27 pm PDT August 3, 2007 OAKLAND -- Heavily armed police officers using flash grenades stormed the Your Black Muslim Bakery early Friday, detaining as many as 19 people -- including the organization's leader Yusuf Bey IV -- and seizing a small armory of weapons including shotguns and ammunition for assault weapons. It was not immediately known if the raids -- at the bakery and three other Oakland homes -- were related to the sidewalk assassination of Oakland reporter Chauncey Bailey. Sources say he was doing an investigative piece on the troubled splinter group not associated with the Black Muslims. Bey was arrested without incident in his Oakland home and a search of the house turned up at least two guns in plain view in a bedroom. Everyone else in the home at the time was detained. Oakland Deputy Police Chief Howard Jordan would not comment if the raids connection to Bailey's slaying. "These raids were (launched) to seek evidence in several violent felonies including murder, robbery and kidnapping," Jordan said. Sources have confirmed to KTVU that the raids were in connection to three murders in the last six weeks in Oakland including Bailey's murder. Authorities said that four search warrants had been issued and the raid of the bakery triggered the start of the law enforcement crackdown by officers from San Leandro, Hayward, Fremont, Alameda County Sheriff's Department as well as Oakland related to an ongoing investigation stemming back "at least a year". At about 4:50 a.m., three rental trucks and a garbage truck pulled up in front of the bakery, said Dennis Monaghan, a security officer at Siddha Yoga Meditation Ashram, located at the corner of San Pablo and Stanford avenues, just doors down from the bakery. The trucks were filled with officers holding rifles and gear, he said. The trucks were followed by S.W.A.T. vehicles and patrol cars. About 20 officers assembled in front of the bakery. "And then you heard go, go, go," Monaghan said. The group has had a violent history. The founder -- Yusuf Bey -- fought accusations that he had raped or molested several girls who worked at Your Black Muslim Bakery between 1976 and 1995. When he died in 2003, he was awaiting trial on charges he sexually abused a girl who was 13 when she began working at the bakery. A violent succession battle ensued. Antar Bey, the son and Yusuf's designated heir, was gunned down as he talked on his cell phone at an Union 76 gas station in Oakland in October 2005. That slaying still remains under investigation. The group gained further attention in Nov. 2005 when several members were charged and pleaded no contest to trashing liquor cases at local convenience stores. Copyright 2007 by KTVU.com and Bay City News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.