GOLETA, Calif. (FOX 11) - The Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force, made up primarily of LAPD officers, teamed up with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office to dismantle a clandestine drug lab Tuesday morning.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says at about 9 a.m., employees of a hotel located in the 400 block of Storke Road in Goleta discovered suspicious chemicals in the boiler room and called 911.
Hotel guests were moved to a different part of the building while law enforcement and emergency crews ensured the area where the lab was located was safe.
L.A. IMPACT officers spent the day and evening processing the scene of what authorities are calling a dimethyltryptamine (DMT) lab. Investigators identified the suspect as 37-year-old Oxnard resident Aaron Gorzeman, a maintenance employee at the hotel who was already in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail.
Authorities say Gorzeman had outstanding warrants for his arrest. Sheriff's deputies discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in Gorzeman's possession when they contacted him, according to authorities.
Gorzeman was booked for drug manufacturing charges and is being held on $100,000 bail.
DMT is a powerful hallucinogenic drug. Manufacturing it requires extraction of chemicals from root bark through the use of highly toxic and flammable chemicals in an "extraction vessel" over an open flame, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.