Florida neighbors sick of drug house give some love to SWAT team

 
 
SWAT team members who  raided a troublesome  house were received as heroes by neighbors.
SWAT team members who raided a troublesome house were received as heroes by neighbors.
Bradenton Herald

Bradenton Herald

Neighbors were so happy that a Manatee County SWAT team raided a nuisance house that they applauded, gave the thumbs-up sign and told officers: “We love you.”

Although the sheriff's office SWAT members would not say what they were looking for while serving the warrant, neighbors believe the home has been a hot-bed of illegal narcotics activity.

At least four people were handcuffed during Thursday night’s operation and put in unmarked law-enforcement cars.

"Drugs nonstop, all the time," said resident Tiffany Skimerhorn, who has two children, ages 3 and 6.

She yelled to SWAT members: "We love you."

It was not immediately known if any of those handcuffed were arrested and charged, and what, if anything, was discovered in the home.

Visitors to the house often congregate at the south end of the street or at a nearby convenience store, Skimerhorn said.

"I've lived here two years and I know that every neighbor on this street has been broken into," Skimerhorn added, referring to burglaries. "There is constant traffic, including cars and kids on bikes."

Neighbor Jonathon Herrygers, who lives a few houses away and watches his young nephews there, said authorities came six months ago but all-hours activity is back.

"I think everyone on the street needs to sign a petition and get them out," Herrygers said of the occupants of the house.

"We have young children on the street and they don't need to be around this."

Herrygers said the SWAT team raced up to the house about 5:30 p.m. and threw three "flash bangs" into it before storming in.

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