66-year-old Apple Valley Man Arrested for Marijuana Extrication Lab

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APPLE VALLEY – A Marijuana extraction lab was located accidentally when deputies served a search warrant for an unrelated crime authorities said. The initial contact at the home located at 23940 Portland Street in the Town of Apple Valley was made when deputies went to the home to serve an arrest warrant for sex crimes against children. When they arrived, they made contact with 66-year-old Salvador Caballero. Caballero told deputies that he had just moved to that home within the last month so deputies walked through the home and property to make sure that the subject of the arrest warrant was not at the home.…-extrication-lab/

While there, they located evidence consistent with a THC Extraction Lab. On Wednesday morning at around 9:40 a.m. the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team and deputies from the Town of Apple Valley served a search warrant to the home and also discovered the evidence of THC Extraction Lab. During the investigation deputies detained Caballero. Authorities believe that the apparently seasoned lab was not discovered due to the remote location of the home.

“Over 10 pounds of marijuana plant material used in the extraction process was found along with over one pound of concentrated cannabis known as “Wax” or “Dabs”, Sheriff officials said. The Wax or Dabs have a higher level of THC — which is the “high”-causing ingredient in marijuana — making it the preferred method for many users. Investigators came to the conclusion that the suspect was manufacturing the concentrated cannabis at his home and likely selling the product to others. Investigators said that the lab was capable of producing several pounds of concentrated cannabis each week.

Authorities said that the process is dangerous and has a high potential for an explosion and/or fire because of the large amounts of flammable chemicals used during the process, making it illegal. Caballero was arrested without incident and was booked into the High Desert Detention Center for Manufacturing a Controlled Substance and Sales of Marijuana. He is being held in lieu of $540,000. The San Bernardino District Attorney’s office will determine the actual charges Caballero will face.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs / Narcotics Division at (909)890-4840. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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