Donning protective equipment, Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives responded last Thursday to a construction site in the Los Padres National Forest after workers discovered what appeared to be a methamphetamine byproduct dump.
The collection of highly dangerous hazardous waste – leftover from the meth manufacturing process and oftentimes taking the form of solidified chemicals – was found in the area of Paradise Road and Manzanita Street near the Fremont Campground.
Sheriff’s spokesperson Drew Sugars said the site was probably used to make several pounds of meth over the last few years, and that the waste appears to have been left there in the last 12 months. A County Fire Department Haz-Mat representative helped detectives transport the materials to a secure off-site facility.
Authorities are still investigating the case and ask anyone with information on this lab or any other to call the Sheriff’s Department at (805) 681-4100 or the Anonymous Tip Line at (805) 681-4171.