Call leads police to drug factory

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Just inside the door, officers saw an assault rifle, a 9 mm handgun and ammo for both,” Dennis said. The officers arrested Panian and set up a safety zone around the building, Dennis said. Panian is being held in Azusa jail in lieu of $2 million bail. Bingo players at the legion post were also evacuated, said a nearby resident. Inside the warehouse, police and firefighters discovered beakers and jugs of chemicals and about 20 weapons, said Azusa Capt. Sam Gonzalez. As investigators sorted through the chemicals Tuesday, they brought out a large bag of what appeared to be ecstasy tablets and possibly a large quantity of methamphetamine, said Richard Gutierrez, a member of the Los Angeles Police Department’s drug task force LA IMPACT. Law enforcement officers from several agencies, including the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, cataloged the chemicals and materials. Police did not have a specific monetary estimate on the drugs confiscated, but said it was likely in the millions of dollars. Steve Haugan, 59, lives across the street from the warehouse. “We never saw any activity out there or anything,” Haugan said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AZUSA – Police spent Tuesday sorting through evidence of a multimillion-dollar drug operation that yielded massive quantities of the drug ecstasy and a large cache of guns. The bust was the result of a call of a fire in the 800 block of North Loren Avenue at about 8:30p.m. Monday. Azusa police Officers Chris Franks, Louie Hernandez and Mark Walters noticed a strange smell coming from the warehouse, a small industrial building next door to American Legion Canyon City Post 180. The officers knocked on building No. 811, and Mihran Nishan Panian, 32, of Pasadena opened the door, said Azusa Lt. Paul Dennis. last_img

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