Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date November 24, 2004
Contact Sergeant Brian Kittinger
Phone (951) 320-8106
Fax (951) 320-8138


Riverside Police Department Narcotics Detectives
Seize “Super Lab”

Riverside, Ca-  On Tuesday, November 23, 2004 Riverside Police Department Narcotics Detectives served a search warrant in the 16000 block of Hoffa Lane located in the unincorporated area of Riverside County with the assistance of the Riverside Sheriff’s Department. The search resulted in the arrest of Luis Ortiz Jr., M/H 30 years and Lisa Marie Garcia, F/H 24 years, for manufacturing methamphetamine. Detectives seized one pound of methamphetamine, twenty gallons of liquid containing methamphetamine, a handgun, shotgun and $1,000.00. The liquid is capable of producing over fifty pounds of methamphetamine and has a street value of over $400,000.00. Any lab capable of producing ten pounds of methamphetamine or more is considered a “Super Lab”.

The Riverside Police Department Narcotics Detectives responded to the 3800 block of Polk Street in the CIty of Riverside on November 12, 2004 for possible clandestine lab waste found in a dumpster. Through that investigation they were able to link Ortiz and Garcia to the lab waste, which directed their investigation to obtaining a search warrant for the Hoffa Lane location. The investigation is ongoing and may lead to future arrest and seizures.