HESPERIA (CBSLA.com) — Hesperia Police say a woman’s stolen phone inadvertently led them to a THC lab and the arrest of six suspects.
The victim called police to say her cellphone had been stolen while she was at Knott’s Berry Farm. She was able to track her phone to a residence in Hesperia.
Deputies were dispatched to the location around 1 a.m. Saturday — a home in the 11000 block of 4th Avenue — and found a known parolee by the name of Bobby Turner, 39, of Hesperia.
Police said Turner was in possession of drug paraphernalia, needles and methamphetamine.
Meanwhile, the homeowner — 49-year-old Stacey Shelton — allegedly admitted to stealing the phone from the victim.
Deputies uncovered a THC extraction lab inside the home after executing a search warrant.
The stolen phone was recovered. A fully-operational drug lab, meth, marijuana and more drug paraphernalia were also uncovered, officials said. The marijuana was allegedly found in a 13-year-old’s bedroom.
Police said Stacey and Michael Shelton, 47, admitted to smoking pot with their minor child on numerous occasions. Children and Family Services was dispatched to the location and removed the child from the premises.
The THC extraction process is extremely dangerous due to the use of large amounts of flammable chemicals during the extraction process. This chemical process is illegal and is a violation of California’s Health & Safety Code.
In addition to the Sheltons and Turner, three other associates (Michael Walker, 22, of Hesperia; Dina Gorman, 51, of Rancho Cucamonga and Michael Funderburg, 49, of Rancho Cucamonga) were arrested on various charges.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs / Narcotics Division at (909)890-4840.