Law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies, some of whom specialize in handling hazardous materials, spent much of Thursday at a business on West 34th Street as part of an apparent drug raid.
Connor Hagan, a spokesperson for the FBI’s Houston office, said his agency as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety, Drug Enforcement Agency, Houston Police Department and Houston Fire Department participated in a search that began Thursday morning and extended into the evening at 6103 W. 34th St. Hagan said they were collecting and processing evidence but declined to be more specific.
Some of the authorities on scene were from HPD’s Special Hazardous Materials Unit and HFD’s High-Hazard Clandestine Lab Team.
“We understand it’s alarming to the community when they see guys in hazmat suits walking out of a building nearby,” Hagan said. “We can assure you the scene is secure, there is no threat to public safety at all and we’re taking our time processing the evidence at the scene.”
Hagan said no arrests were made at the scene but that arrests had been made in connection with the search. He deferred further comment about the arrests to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. A spokesperson for the attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a voicemail seeking comment.
“Because it’s part of an ongoing investigation, I’ve been instructed by the Department of Justice that I can’t go into details about what they’re collecting,” Hagan said.
Employees at two nearby businesses said they did not know why authorities responded to the site. Karla Garcia, an office manager at Jorden’s Air Conditioning & Heating next door, said she had not met the occupants of the building but noticed that sports cars had come and gone from the site during the last two months.
Richard Salazar, an employee at Electron-x, an electronics store across the street, also said he had not had contact with the occupants of the building and had not seen anything suspicious.
I’m really surprised to see that,” Salazar said of the law enforcement presence.