Location = East Boston, MA
If you read our blog then you know our experiences border on insanity. They certainly are entertaining & bizarre! I also know that these stories & situations have created an “oh yea, see if you can top this one” competition at EHS. I have set the bar to a level I can’t imagine anyone topping, so here it goes.
I am in East Boston doing an inspection for a lead that came in on a cockroach infestation at a free standing three unit rental property. The landlord had unlocked the basement door for me a few hours before my inspection and said all three tenants were home & expecting me. I started my inspection in the basement first as this is a common area for most pests. I am exploring the dark basement, just me & my flashlight and I find evidence of a roach infestation. They had both German Cockroaches and American Cockroaches but something was not right. I notice a smell of marijuana and find a photograph taped to the wall of a guy standing next to a 6ft marijuana plant. In my mind I am not overly concerned as tenants in rental units tend to dabble in the illegal, none of my business though, I’m just doing my job.
All of a sudden there is a huge explosion and the basement door goes flying off in a cloud of smoke. A Boston police SWAT team in full gear with automatic rifles come storming in screaming “SHOW US YOUR HANDS, SHOW US YOUR HANDS!!!” Needless to say I drop to the ground spread eagle on the floor telling them who I am. I show them identification, my work order, tell them I am doing pest control, etc. and I am all clear. The street is leaded with SWAT, detectives, and police cars. Out of the 3rd floor apartment comes the guy in the photograph in handcuffs & being led by the police. I myself did not need coffee for a week as my body was teeming with adrenaline!!!