SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — South Shore narcotics agents arrested three people Thursday afternoon in connection with the discovery of a suspected DMT laboratory on Tata Lane.
South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested South Lake Tahoe residents Roberto Medlicott, 23, Casey Lind, 22, and Matthew Fitzgerald, 22, during a traffic stop on the 1900 block of Lake Tahoe Boulevard about 2:30 p.m. after the task force made an undercover purchase of Ecstasy from a house on the 700 block of Tata Lane, Task Force Commander Jeff Catchings said.
Following the arrest, SLEDNET executed a search warrant on the Tata Lane property and found several grams of cocaine, two large mason jars full of opium pods, about an ounce of Ecstasy, a honey oil extraction setup to concentrate the active ingredients in marijuana and a “fully functional DMT laboratory,” Catchings said.
DMT is a hallucinogen that is found in a variety of plants and seeds, but can also be synthesized, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The compound can be sniffed, smoked or injected and its effects typically last about an hour, according to the DEA.
Catchings described the potency of DMT as “10 times” that of LSD.
About a quarter ounce of DMT and $4,100 in cash were found at the small house, Catchings said. Because of the potentially harmful chemicals used in the synthesis of DMT, a laboratory response team from Placer County was called in to clean up the residence.
The discovery of a DMT manufacturing operation is a rarity, he said.
“I’ve worked labs for 15 years and I’ve never seen that,” Catchings said.
Medlicott, Lind and Fitzgerald were booked into El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe following the Thursday traffic stop.
Medlicott was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance and maintaining a residence for sales of a controlled substance.
Lind was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance and maintaining a residence for sales of a controlled substance.
Fitzgerald was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Medlicott and Lind remained in custody Friday evening, while Fitzgerald had been released, according to El Dorado County Sheriff’s records.
It is unknown whether they have attorneys.