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THEFT SUSPECTS LEAD DETECTIVES TO CANNABIS EXTRACTION LAB

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THEFT SUSPECTS LEAD DETECTIVES TO CANNABIS EXTRACTION LAB

LOS BANOS, CA - On May 12, 2016 at approximately 3:45 a.m., Los Banos Police Detectives were in the 200 block of Santa Rita Street, investigating an unrelated case, when they observed two teenage males looking through vehicles with a flashlight and attempting to open their doors. The pair shattered the driver side window to a 2005 BMW, and ran from the area after removing items from the vehicle.

The suspects entered a vehicle and drove away, before being stopped by officers in the area of Overland Avenue and Mercy Springs Road. Nikolas Savala, 18 of Los Banos and a 17-year-old male were arrested for burglary, vandalism, conspiracy to commit a crime, and possession of burglary tools. The driver of the “get-away car” was identified as Damery Foster, 44 of Los Banos. Foster was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Inside of the suspect’s vehicle, Detectives located marijuana and cannabis oil, stolen from the 2005 BMW. When Detectives responded back to the crime scene they located evidence associated with a butane honey oil lab inside of the BMW. The Merced Area Gang and Narcotics Task Force responded and a search warrant was executed at a home in the 200 block of Santa Rita Street, where the vehicle’s owner lives, 24-year-old Eric Corona. An additional amount of concentrated cannabis was found inside the residence. Corona was arrested and charged with possession of concentrated cannabis, manufacture of cannabis extract, both felony crimes, and related charges. He remains in custody in lieu of $520,000.00 bail.

The manufacturing of cannabis extract is a felony crime under the same definition as manufacturing methamphetamine and PCP. The manufacturing process is extremely dangerous, resulting in approximately 25 deaths per year, statewide.

To leave an anonymous crime tip call (209) 827-7070, ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the internet you can also leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department’s web page at www.losbanos.org.At the bottom of the “Contact” page simply click on the “report graffiti and other crime” link or contact the Merced Area Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-855-725-2420, or at www.mercedareacrimestoppers.org

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