Search warrant prompts meth lab arrest

COURTESY: Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office

Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a home on Rocky Gulch Road in Yreka on Thursday, that lead to a meth lab seizure and arrests.

The resident of the home was the subject of an arrest and previous search warrant operation on July 9. Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey says the incident culminated from an allegation the main suspect threatened one or more people with a firearm, yielded stolen firearms, and a large cache of ammunition, explosive components, a stolen vehicle and other contraband.

David Erik Setzer, 53, was arrested and later charged with a variety of criminal offenses, including making criminal threats, possession of stolen property, brandishing a firearm, possession of explosive components, possession of a suppressor, and assault with a deadly weapon.

The most recent search warrant was focused on additional contraband, including explosive components suspected to be on the property connected to Setzer. Deputies, assisted by investigators from Siskiyou Interagency Marijuana Investigation Team, Bomb technician, and detectives from the California Department of Justice-led Siskiyou Unified Major Investigations Team, served the search warrant as a multi-agency team. Setzer was detained prior to the search warrant.

During the search warrant deputies found a methamphetamine lab recently used inside the kitchen area of the residence and components of a hash oil lab were detected and seized. Additional explosive components and an illegal marijuana were discovered as well. During the search warrant two men arrived at the property and one was arrested for possession of a hypodermic syringe containing heroin. One of the men arrested was identified as Vincent Leslie Bowers, 51. Bowers was booked at the Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka.

Also recovered during the search warrant were components of the methamphetamine and hash oil lab. There were a large amount of glassware and chemicals present related to the methamphetamine lab and lab disposal specialists from Butte County were requested. The Butte County team was tasked with the collection, storage, and disposal of the potentially-dangerous lab components. CAL FIRE was requested to stand-by at the scene in the event fire suppression services or medical emergency aid were needed. A Code Enforcement Officer from the Siskiyou County Planning Department responded to the scene, inspected the site, and the residence was sealed with a “Red Tag,” and uninhabitable, due to the inherent dangers associated with the drug labs, hazardous components, and other factors.

When the specialist from NRC Environmental Services arrived to dispose of the hazardous materials, they went through the residence thoroughly and removed everything that might have been used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine or concentrated cannabis (hash oil) along with any additional items deemed dangerous, volatile, or corrosive from inside the residence. The hazardous materials and related evidence filled four 55-gallon drums and three 5-gallon buckets. Charges against Setzer are pending for possession of a methamphetamine lab, possession of a BHO lab, illegal cultivation of marijuana, possession of explosive components, and as a recently-released inmate awaiting criminal charges for his previous crimes, violating the terms of his previous release.


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