Police uncover Mountain View DMT drug lab

Four people arrested following search of apartments on Bush Street

Law enforcement officials arrested four people Thursday, Nov. 8, after busting a DMT drug lab and suspected drug-peddling operation.

Mountain View police said that officers from Mountain View and Sunnyvale joined forces with a Los Altos SWAT team, members of the state Department of Justice and the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team to serve search warrants at four apartments in two complexes located at 242 and 228 Bush St.

Inside, law enforcement officers found heroin, LSD, ecstasy methamphetamine, marijuana, an assault rifle, shotguns, other weapons and a Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) lab, police said.

Police had arrested two men and one woman as of 5 p.m. and arrested one more man when he came home to find police searching the apartment, according to Sgt. Dan Bicencio of the Mountain View police.

Jerrod Kensil, 29, Guadalupe Villador, 42, David Strang, 40, and Richard Rosen, 32, who are all Mountain View residents, were booked into the Santa Clara County Jail Thursday, Bicencio said.

Mountain View police Sgt. Sean Thompson said that DMT drug labs are very rare.

Thompson said he believed the lab was the third DMT lab to be busted in state and the first in the Bay Area.

Police worked to clear the area of DMT ended their investigation around 10 p.m. Thursday, according to Bicencio.

DMT is classified as a Schedule I substance by the federal government and is a hallucinogen that occurs in plants and can also be made in a lab.


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Posted by StarkRG
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 10, 2012 at 8:02 pm

DMT isn't meth... They may have had meth there but that's not the same thing as being a meth lab, there's a significant difference. The production of meth produces explosive and toxic by-products, the production of DMT does not.

DMT is a natural substance found in many plants and animals including humans. It can be distilled from different natural sources. It can also be produced synthetically in a lab, but this is less common. It's hard to tell from this article but it sounds like they might have been producing synthetic DMT rather than just distilling natural DMT

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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Wait till they uncover the thousands of pot farms run by the Mexican Cartels in Mid Pen Open open space and industrial warehouses though out town.

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Posted by John Smith
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Mexican drug cartels don't make much money on pot. People need to open there eyes and realize that marijuana is not a cash crop for them, especially in California. The majority of the Pot here is usually grown by people who have been cultivating it since the 70's. Quit trying to blame the cartels for this it's just ignorant.

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Posted by Felicity
a resident of Los Altos
on Nov 12, 2012 at 10:59 am

If you have a teenager today, you are very grateful for busts like these. Thank you.

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Posted by Ducatigirl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Ducatigirl is a registered user.

Mr Smith: Have you ever gone hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains, come upon some "non-native species" of obviously well-cultivated plants, and heard Hispanic voices in the distance? Or hollering at you in a Spanish dialect?

Suffice it to say, I turned around and ran for the road. And I never hike too far from the road anymore, anywhere in the woods. May not have been a cartel crop, but who is to say it was not? Circumstantial evidence made it appear to be, and I was not going to stick around and find out..

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Posted by Ducat experts
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Ducatigirl always has a story to share!

Such an interesting life. Always in the thick of it, whether an Italian villa with the elite aristocracy of Europe, a tete a tete with the heads of Cisco, Intel, etc.., or the intrigue stumbling upon a Cartel pot farm up in the hills.

Oh, DO puhleeeeze tell us morrrrrrre!

Oh, wait! You did!

Nine consecutive posts on everything from ambulance speeds in EPA to how to get a teen up in the morning to "Toxic mold forming in ... Chinese drywall" (I can't make this stuff up!)

We are SO blessed to have ducat!

Please share more, we can hardly wait!

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Posted by DucatiLOVER ^I sense sarcasm :)))
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 12, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Ducatigirl, you have such a beautiful imagination, please, do go on, tell us your life story over the interwebs!!! I want to meet you, and you should write a book!!! Can't wait for more of your interweb stories!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by ducat ducat ducat
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 13, 2012 at 9:01 am

Write A book?!?!?

Are you crazy????

She (he?) has enough material in her rich and FABULOUS life to have many books and strings of movies!

Along with a daily self-help column, daily advice column, daily society page column with all the rich and powerful that her "husband" associates with!

I do believe she will soon post on her cure for cancer.

After solving world peace, of course.

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Posted by Other side of the street
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 14, 2012 at 6:10 am

Some of the posters here on this thread need a reality check on themselves...just because a person has lived a "different lifestyle" than they have personally had, it is hard for them to understand that STUFF REALLY DOES HAPPEN outside of their little bubbles.......Make fun of what you don't understand...but guess what???? "STUFF" does happen......................................

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Posted by Other side of the street
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 14, 2012 at 6:26 am

Oh yes..and "the Drug Cartels" are NOT making money on pot? Stories I have heard about the Cartels involve beheadings, killings, etc, etc, over orders from head honchos over the DRUG WARS IN MEXICO. Don't you read the papers or listen to the news????? Granted we are only spoon fed "some" information. The REALITY would too gruesome for us to stomach the everyday goings on of the power struggles of the underground....who have reared their ugly heads and are still running amok...........

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Posted by This side of the street - reality
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Nov 14, 2012 at 9:25 am

"Stories I have heard about the Cartels involve beheadings"

Sounds like you-know-who!

Cartels do not run pot farms up in the hills around here.

Check with your husband and his European economist friends.

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