Neighbours shocked by drug raid
LOUIS HUNT was still asleep yesterday morning as dozens of police officers from Task Force Barsden stormed his ‘friendly’ next-door neighbour’s house in Bangalow Road, Byron Bay.
With his bed only metres from their front door, Mr Hunt thought the police were coming through his house.
“It was pretty hectic,” the stunned teenager said.
“I heard all this banging and cops yelling they had a search warrant and I started tripping out.”
Mr Hunt described his neighbours as a big party household with people coming and going at all hours. Other than that, he hadn’t noticed any strange activity and was shocked to hear it might have been a drug lab.
“We couldn’t see much because they’d built a big wall, but they were really nice guys. They’d always warn us if they were having a party – and invite us,” he said.
Long-time Patterson Street residents Lorna and Mick Simpson overlook the raided house and were equally shocked to hear about the bust.
“I really don’t like drugs, but they seemed like good guys,” Mr Simpson said.
“They’ve been here about five years and had been renovating for a while.”
Mr Simpson said they had even helped him by fixing his solar water heater when it was leaking.
“They were really friendly to us all the time, but there were people coming in and out all the time, especially at night,” he said.
“I couldn’t count how many lived there, some stayed in the shed and under the house.
“At night time there were just cars, cars, cars.”