Designed to keep police away
The officers said that it was designed to keep the police and intruders away. The department said that the police officers were slowed down in the search by the possibility of booby traps laid out for law enforcement. Investigators said that a large amount of possibly toxic chemicals were found.
The police officers descended on the former church after a three-week investigation that was launched when neighbors of the church complained of a skunk-like stench. The police have one person in custody, but more arrests are expected to be made.
After conducting interviews, the Stewarts County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) looked into the property’s electric bill. The bill came out to about $3,000 a month along with a high water bill. The SCSO said the investigation took longer than expected due to the possibility of booby traps being laid out for law enforcement.