A quiet street in Warminster became anything but when Warminster Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Bucks County DA’s Office served a search warrant at a home on the 600 block of Cheryl Drive around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
“There was about 30 FBI, police, SWAT, it was a lot going on,” neighbor Steve Puglisi said.
Warminster’s Police Chief James Donnelly told Eyewitness News they disbanded a “drug lab” at the home. Investigators spent nearly 10 hours on scene, well into the night — some wearing protective suits and gloves as they removed boxes and buckets of evidence.
On Wednesday, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office confirmed 11 people were arrested as a result of the bust.
Authorities say the suspects were all allegedly caught in the act, packaging heroin, diluting it with chemicals and lacing it with fentanyl.
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub says at least 200 pounds of heroin was found inside the home. Investigators believe roughly $8 million worth of fentanyl-laced heroin was sold every week from this residential home.
“I have to tell you, I’ve been in this neighborhood, I grew up around this neighborhood. This is as regular and residential neighborhood as you’ll ever want to find,” Weintraub said.
Neighbors say the house is a rental and that the occupants kept to themselves, but that their behavior did raise suspicions.
“It was just people always coming and going,” neighbor John Smith said. “You never know what was going to happen next.”
Authorities say the bust was a result of a concerned neighbor.