(Los Angeles, CA) – Drug labs disguised as businesses are a growing problem in many cities across the United States. These labs can be very dangerous, and they can pose a risk to the health and safety of people living and working nearby.
In a recent bust, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) shut down a drug lab disguised as a pizza shop in North Hollywood. The lab was located in a commercial building on Radford Avenue, and it was disguised as a pizza shop called “Pizza Joint.”
When officers raided the lab, they found a large amount of illegal THC concentrate, also known as honey oil. They also found a number of dangerous chemicals and equipment used to make honey oil, which is a highly flammable and volatile substance.
Two people were arrested in connection with the lab. They have been identified as 31-year-old Luis Mejia and 29-year-old Vanessa Hernandez. Mejia and Hernandez are both facing charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and operating a drug lab.
The LAPD is warning the public to be aware of the dangers of drug labs disguised as businesses. These labs can release toxic fumes that can cause respiratory problems, headaches, and nausea. They can also explode, which can cause serious injuries or even death.
In addition, drug labs can attract crime. Drug dealers and other criminals may frequent these businesses, which can make the area unsafe for everyone.
Here are some of the signs that a business may be a disguised drug lab:
- Strong chemical odor: Drug labs often have a strong chemical odor that can be detected from outside the building.
- People coming and going at odd hours: Drug labs are often open late at night or early in the morning, when most businesses are closed.
- Unusual activity: You may see people coming and going from the business who don’t seem to be customers.
- Security measures: Drug labs may have security measures in place, such as bars on the windows or security cameras, that are not typical for businesses.
If you see any of these signs, please report it to the police. You can also call the LAPD’s Narcotics Hotline at 1-877-LAPD-NARCO (1-877-527-3627).
By being aware of the dangers of drug labs and reporting suspicious activity, you can help to keep your community safe.
Here are some other things you can do to help:
- Educate yourself about the dangers of drug labs.
- Talk to your neighbors about the issue.
- Report suspicious activity to the police.
- Support organizations that are working to fight drug use and drug trafficking.
Together, we can make a difference in the fight against drug labs.