DENVER (CBS4) – A 24-year-old is under arrest and being held on a drug charge after an extensive police operation on Wednesday in which some officers donned hazmat suits before entering a southeast Denver apartment. It happened at the Summit Ridge apartment building at 8330 Quincy Avenue near Interstate 225, and a Denver police spokesman identified Cree Butcher as the person who is under arrest.

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Denver police and firefighters responded to the scene on a report of a drug operation in the afternoon. A SWAT team entered the building, and a neighbor showed CBS4 video of that team in the hallway next to the apartment where the suspect, or suspects, were.

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“Yelling, commanding the people inside the apartment to come out. They yelled the commands several, several times and then used a battering ram. It took three swings to break that door down,” said the man.

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After the device was used to break down the door, the team continued to demand the people inside to come out. The neighbor said a man in his 20s and a young woman came out and were escorted outside by officers.

The crew apparently found possible hazardous materials inside and that’s when the hazmat-suit wearing officers moved into the apartment. An investigation at the building continued until the evening.

DPD said Butcher was arrested on a warrant and is being held for investigation of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Jesse Sarles