LAPD, FBI Raid Home In Response To Reports Of Hazardous Materials Being Sent Through Mail
The LAPD and FBI served a search warrant Thursday at a residence in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood and made three arrests at the scene, reports Fox 11. A bomb squad and hazmat team were also on hand as part of the investigation.
The raid took place at an apartment on the 8500 block of Alcott Street at around 3:30 p.m., reports CBS 2. Authorities at the scene said that the investigation involved hazardous materials being sent through the mail, but declined to say what, exactly, those materials were. "The investigation that led to the search at Alcott involved allegations of illegal shipment of contraband," Laura Eimiller of the FBI Media Relations office told LAist in an email. She added that the investigation was ongoing and that the search has thus far "yielded no evidence of hazardous materials."
The United States Postal Inspection Service—the law-enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service—was also at the scene.
Three people were detained and booked by local authorities for "suspicion of possession of a destructive device," wrote Eimiller. ABC 7 reports that two cars were towed from the area.
The apartment complex and surrounding buildings were evacuated during the investigation.
According to CBS 2, FBI agents wearing Joint Terrorism Task Force jackets were at the scene, but the LAPD says that there's no indication that the situation was terror-related.