Police Find Apparent Drug Lab in Burbank Home, 1 Person Detained

Police Thursday detained a person at the scene of a drug lab discovered at a Burbank residence.

Officers went to the 3400 block of Castleman Lane about 1:20 a.m. and determined the house was being used for the manufacture of honey oil, a cannabis concentrate, Burbank police Sgt. Derek Green said.

"The investigation stems from a police call for service regarding suspicious circumstances ... after witnesses saw a loose dog come from a residence with an open front door," he said. "When Burbank police officers arrived, they saw lights on inside the home and vehicles parked in the driveway. However, there was no response from anyone inside the home." 

Green said officers entered the residence because they "feared someone was inside the home, possibly in distress, in need of help, or the victim of a crime. As they entered the residence, they encountered drug manufacturing equipment and what appeared to be a sophisticated clandestine drug lab." 

Police officers secured the location, and worked to obtain a search warrant, Green said.

"Due to the volatile and dangerous nature of drug labs, additional resources were called, including the Burbank Fire Department, hazmat response team, and investigators with the California Department of Justice,'' Green said.

Officers detained a person, who was cooperating with investigators, according to Green. No arrests had been reported as of mid-afternoon.

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