On Saturday, May 23, a woman was visiting theme park Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park when he cell phone was allegedly stolen. When she contacted the sheriff’s department in San Bernardino, she reported that she had tracked down the phone to a residence in Hesperia, according to sheriff’s officials.
Upon arriving at the residence, deputies found that the owner of the home, Stacey Shelton, had visited Knots Berry Farm that day and pocketed the phone, a fact she readily admitted to. Deputies also found Bobby Turner at the home; he is a known parolee according to the news report at the LA Times, and had meth and needles in his possession.
Inside the residents, deputies found a hash oil extraction lab. The deputies than secured a warrant and began to search the home. While they did recover the stolen cell phone, deputies also found methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and evidence that the hash-oil lab was being used. Hash oil labs use butane or other chemicals that are highly flammable to extract a concentrated form of marijuana.
While the article does not say what specific drug charges those involved are facing, there were six individuals arrested. They include 39-year-old Bobby Turner, 49-year-old Stacey Shelton, 47-year-old Michel Shelton, 22-year-old Michael Walker, 49-year-old Michael Funderburg, and 51-year-old Dina Gorman.
Considering a drug lab was found at the residence along with meth, marijuana, and other paraphernalia, the individuals involved will likely face serious drug charges.
In the state of Michigan, the penalties for a conviction for methamphetamine possession depends on several factors, including the amount of drug involved, the individual’s criminal history, and whether it appears the person intended to sell or distribute the meth. Criminal penalties for operating meth or other drug labs are also extremely harsh. For instance, someone who is found guilty of operating a meth lab (manufacturing methamphetamine in a chemical lab) will face fines of up to $25,000, up to 20 years in prison, and more. Children may be taken by CPS, and your parenting rights revoked. In addition, a drug conviction will result in a criminal record.
Regardless of whether you are under investigation for distributing drugs or have been charged with cocaine possession, manufacturing meth, or simple marijuana possession, it is vital to work with an experienced Michigan drug crime lawyer whose top priority is to protect your legal rights, freedom, and future.