LOCAL : PCP Gear Found in Val Verde

From Times Wire Services

Los Angeles County health officials this morning were cleaning up equipment from an illegal drug lab that was found in a remote canyon in Val Verde, sheriff's deputies said.

Judging by the size of the containers found near a dirt road off Hasley Canyon Road, deputies estimated that 35 gallons of the drug PCP, with a street value of up to $5 million, could have been manufactured with the equipment.

Numerous trash cans and empty ether cans were found about 7:30 p.m. Monday by two deputies who had driven down the dirt road to look for abandoned cars. Instead, the deputies smelled ether and traced it to a small clearing where the containers were located.

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