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Heavy police presence creates a stir in Berks

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 29 2013 04:29:59 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 29 2013 05:37:57 PM CDT

A wild scene on the highways through Berks County left residents on edge Thursday morning.

A wild scene on the highways through Berks County left residents on edge Thursday morning.

A massive response from police, filled with flashing lights and roaring sirens, led to a lot of questions about what was going on.

According to a search warrant, Pennsylvania State Police were headed to West Hempfield Twp., Lancaster Co., looking for drugs.

"It was just such a large amount of sirens, we knew something was going on," said Jeff Siedel, who saw the heavy police presence passing through Berks County.

Siedel was working at Tom Schaeffer's RV in Perry Township when he saw packs of unmarked police cruisers speeding south on the highway.

"For half-an-hour we seen swat teams, just a large amount of resources coming down Rt. 61," said Siedel.

Tonya Klee was left panicked after pumping gas at the Hess station in Hamburg around 8:30 a.m.

"You always worry about what is happening and where it's at, I mean I have nieces and nephews that live up that way," said Klee.

The unmarked cruisers and Pennsylvania State Police CERT Team were heading to West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County.

"If the CERT team is activated, there could be up to 30 vehicles because every CERT guy has his own vehicle assigned to him," said Tpr. David Beohm, Pennsylvania State Police.

According to the search warrant, investigators were looking for cash, possibly $50,000, and marijuana that could be buried on the property at 4560 Klinesville Road. Court papers stated the investigation began about three months ago, and police made several undercover purchases of drugs.

Police received several tips about possible drug activity on that property. State Police would not release a lot of information, but according to multiple reports, the search was successful. No word on what was found.