RANCHO CUCAMONGA – A 36-year-old Fontana man was arrested on Wednesday for operating a marijuana extraction lab authorities said. The Rancho Cucamonga Multiple Enforcement Team (MET) conducted an investigation based on information received from a Rancho Cucamonga Fire District Inspector. The Fire District Inspector suspected a marijuana extraction lab at the location in the 9500 block of 9th Street.
MET surveilled the business complex and determined there was good cause to obtain a search warrant. When the MET officials arrived the located Cesar Nava. Nava was detained without incident during the search, which yielded concentrated marijuana, butane canisters, THC extraction tools, 313 marijuana plants, and over 190 grams of concentrated marijuana.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said that the labs can be dangerous if not handled properly. “If the location is not effectively ventilated the butane gas will settle in the location, and any spark or open flame can ignite a large explosion, which would endanger the public,” Sheriff’s officials said in the press release.
Nava was booked into the West Valley Detention Center and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department (909) 477-2800. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.
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