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LA drug bust turns up 160 pounds of methamphetamine

A drug lab in Van Nuys is seen in this photo. Drug busts by police at this lab and another lab in Pomona turned out 160 pounds of methamphetamine Wednesday, April 11, 2012. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

April 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The questioning a suspected drug runner led police to two local drug labs, where they seized more than 160 pounds of methamphetamine late Wednesday night.

The labs were in houses in Van Nuys and Pomona. It took special teams nearly 24 hours to empty out the labs and remove all the hazardous materials.

"Over the past year, we have started to see an increasing number of drug labs in our area," said Briane M. Grey, DEA acting special agent in charge in Los Angeles. "By joining with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, we will continue to identify and dismantle those threatening our communities with poisonous labs and drugs."

Investigators conservatively estimated the wholesale value of the drugs at close to $2 million. Authorities say the street value, though difficult to calculate precisely, would be at least three times that amount.

The drug runner whose information helped police find the labs has been arrested.