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Published on June 25th, 2014 | by Daniel R. Perlman


Felony Manufacturing of DMT

Manufacturing of various drugs in illegal drug labs has long been a concern for law enforcement officials in southern California. Meth labs seem to grab the most headlines, but manufacturing of other drugs like DMT have been the target in at least two recent southland drug lab busts. Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is a hallucinogen found in a variety of plants and seeds; it can also be produced synthetically. “It’s made from the mimosa root, it’s a very popular drug among college kids,” according to Det. Keith Honere of the LA IMPACT drug task force unit.

A Riverside County man was arrested last November when officers allegedly stumbled onto the illegal pot grow and DMT chemical manufacturing facility while serving a search warrant at the man’s residence.

The man was charged with operating an illegal drug lab and has appeared before a Riverside County Superior Court Judge for a scheduled felony settlement conference. He is currently free on $30,000 bail.

LAPD recently received several late evening calls about a man screaming in his apartment in the San Fernando Valley. Officers became ill after they walked inside the man’s apartment, where it appeared the suspect had been cooking the hallucinogenic DMT. The officers were briefly hospitalized for exposure to chemicals and were later released.

An estimated $20,000 worth of DMT – which sells on the street for about $100 per gram – was found in the apartment, according to police. The unidentified suspect was arrested and booked on felony manufacturing charges after receiving medical treatment for chemical exposure.

Penalties for Manufacturing Drugs

Health and Safety Code 11379.6 HS, California’s law against manufacturing narcotics, is a broad statute that prohibits manufacturing controlled substances. The fines and punishments for Manufacturing Drugs or Narcotics if convicted include prison for up to 5 yrs and fines up to $50,000. Felony or misdemeanor charges are determined by specific circumstances of the case, and the court will deliberate on these, before reaching a conclusion.

In addition to these penalties, if a minor was at the location while controlled substances were being manufactured, an additional penalty of five years is usually added.

Daniel R. Perlman
The Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman

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