Officials with the City of Tybee Island have confirmed that the Drug Enforcement Administration executed an operation on Friday with the support of multiple agencies, including the Tybee Island Police Department.
Details are limited as this is an ongoing investigation, we do know the address is 1201 6th Avenue. The Tybee Island Police Department has referred WTOC to the DEA for more information. Officials entered the home around 1 p.m. It took them until 4 p.m. to finish the operation.
We have spoken to neighbors who saw the event unfold. One neighbor who was outside walking her dog tells us the house is a vacation rental home. She also says the rental company came out Saturday morning to remove their signs.
A neighbor says they have heard what sounds like a broken dryer making noise from inside the home all week. With it being a rental home - they didn't think anything of it. Now they say they're putting two and two together after learning the home was used as a drug laboratory.
Another neighbor shared her concerns on Facebook. She fears her and her neighbors may be impacted by possible fumes or runoffs from the home. These fears, she says, stem from the signs officials posted on the house.
One of the signs posted on the house reads:
WARNING A clandestine laboratory for the manufacture of illegal drugs and/or hazardous chemicals was seized at the location on ____. Known hazardous chemicals have been disposed of pursuant to law. However, there still may be hazardous substances or waste products on this property, either in buildings or in the ground itself. Please exercise caution while on these premises.
- U.S. Department of Justice
Drug Enforcement Agency
Representatives from the DEA have yet to return our calls.
The homeowner, who lives in Pennsylvania, was not contacted until several hours after the bust.
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