While serving a misdemeanor arrest warrant Thursday afternoon at a Clearlake residence, police uncovered a suspected methamphetamine lab, triggering an evacuation of the area while the investigation and cleanup of toxic material was conducted.
When police arrived at 16224 26th Avenue in Clearlake to serve the warrant on Candace Conzet, 24, three people were seen exiting an attached shed on the property, police said. Police detained the subjects and did a "protective sweep" of the area in search of Conzet.
The people at the property were identified as Jeremy Jurek, 30, of Clearlake, Francian Reinhardt, 38, of Kelseyville and a 55-year-old Clearlake resident who was identified and released, police said.
During the sweep of the area, officers located items suspected of being associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine. The items were found in a hole dug out in the ground of the shed.
Police said it looked as if "someone dumped the items hastily in an attempt to conceal them with loose dirt kicked over the top of them," according to a police statement.
Officers also reported smelling a chemical odor and Clearlake police supervisors were called to the scene. Police officials secured the scene as a safety precaution.
Lake County Fire Protection District crews were called to the scene because of public safety concerns, police said. During the investigation Candace Conzet arrived and was arrested on the outstanding warrant, police said.
Bad weather, which included lightning, raised more safety concerns and the investigation was postponed until the following day after emergency crews secured the scene for the evening.
On Friday, Clearlake Police, Lake County Fire Protection crews, the Lake County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Unit and Environmental Health and Air Quality personnel arrived to investigate the suspected methamphetamine manufacturing lab.
Residents in the immediate vicinity were evacuated for about three hours during the investigation. A hazardous materials cleanup was called to dispose of toxic items.
Jeremy Jurek was booked into the Lake County Jail on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine. He is currently being held on $100,000 bail.
— Martin Espinoza