Drug Enforcement Administration

San Diego

John W. Callery, Special Agent in Charge

November 13, 2014

Contact: Kameron Korte

Phone Number: (571) 324-6204

DEA Seizes Methamphetamine Conversion Lab In Chula Vista

SAN DIEGO - DEA, with the assistance of the Chula Vista Police Department and San Diego County HazMat, conducted a search warrant at 754 Broadway, Apartment 23, Chula Vista, CA.  There was no one present in the residence at the time authorities entered and there have been no arrests at this time.  Inside the residence, DEA agents seized a large quantity of methamphetamine and methamphetamine in solution or “liquid methamphetamine”.  It is estimated that the amount of the methamphetamine seized is in excess of 100 pounds.  This investigation is ongoing. 

Mexican drug trafficking organizations smuggle methamphetamine in solution “liquid methamphetamine” into the United States in order to escape detection.  Once in the United States, the “liquid methamphetamine” is then converted to methamphetamine.  Once at a clandestine destination, the “liquid methamphetamine” is dried out.  The traffickers will then wash the dried methamphetamine with acetone and water to slowly evaporate the liquid resulting in crystals.  These crystals resemble big (like ice or glass) which are desirable to methamphetamine users.  The converted liquid methamphetamine is then ready for sale. 

For more information on methamphetamine abuse, please visit San Diego County Methamphetamine Strike Force at www.no2meth.org.  If immediate treatment is needed, people can call the San Diego County Access and Crisis Line (888) 724-7240, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

To report methamphetamine crime anonymously, please visit www.dea.gov and click on submit a tip.  Citizens can also call the San Diego County Methamphetamine Hotline (877) NO2-METH, or 877-662-6384.

DEA worked this case in conjunction with the Chula Vista Police Department, San Diego County HazMat, and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. 

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