West Allis drug raid leads to two arrests

Charles Benson

West Allis drug raid leads to two arrests

By Charles Benson. CREATED Dec 7, 2011 - UPDATED: Dec 8, 2011

WEST ALLIS - Authorities say they are continuing their investigation Thursday following the arrest of two people after a drug raid.

Police tell TODAY'S TMJ4 they found drug chemicals inside a house in the 1300 block of South 116th Street. No one was home when federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies arrived but neighbors sure noticed.
 
"I was told to get back, get back in your house and stay in the house," said a woman who lives next door but does not want to be identified.
 
She lives in the duplex that was surrounded by law enforcement. She immediately knew something was wrong when they showed up next door.
 
"I didn't know what it was, I didn't ask what it was," she said. "They had weapons, they had very large, large guns on the stomachs."
 
An environmental clean up crew was called in to pickup hazmat suits and other gear used by investigators. They were checking out a tip that chemicals were being used to make synthetic drugs. Police say they found some. The neighbor who did not want to be identified says she always suspected something was going on next door. 
 
"He'd bring up to 10 to 15 bags a night into the house, four to five times a night."
 
The chemical was apparently so strong neighbors say law enforcement opened all the windows.
 
"I saw guys in hazmat suits," said Bill Meinzer.
 
He was home when it all went down.
 
"I was like, when you are putting two and two together you kind of figure something might happen and I was hoping nothing would blow up or anything."
 
West Allis Police say they arrested two people at another location.
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