LOCAL : Orange Police Initiate Drug Raid at Perris House Resulting in 3 Arrests

From Times staff and wire service reports

Orange police confiscated 40 pounds of a volatile substance used to make crystal methamphetamine and at least 40 weapons--both semi- and fully automatic and some with silencers--from a home in Perris, authorities said today.

Orange Police Sgt. Timm Browne said authorities served a search warrant on the house in the 26000 block of Hammock Avenue on Wednesday and discovered 40 pounds of "methamphetamine oil," which can produces a crystal form when mixed with salt, Browne said.

"It's a poor man's cocaine," he said.

Browne said the group allegedly sold drugs in Orange. Riverside County sheriff's deputies assisted in the arrests and search.

Browne said three residents of the house were arrested in the raid on suspicion of manufacturing and possession of the drug for sale. Gerald Rundell, 35, John Curry, 36, and Janet Nelson, 32, all of Perris, were booked into Riverside County Jail, Browne said.

Browne said the three were in the last stage of manufacturing the crystal methamphetamine when the raid took place. He said the chemical process would produce 320 pounds of the substance with an estimated street value of $3.2 million.

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