On April 23, 2019, at approximately 6:40 p.m., Monrovia Police Department officers were called to a residence in the 200 block of North Myrtle Avenue. Los Angeles County Fire Department Hazmat and Monrovia Fire Department personnel were at the location regarding a large quantity of chemicals being stored there. Personnel on scene determined that some of the chemicals were precursors for manufacturing controlled substances.
The Monrovia Police Department requested assistance from a regional task force specializing in narcotic enforcement. A search warrant was obtained by investigators and one adult male was arrested for manufacturing a controlled substance.
As of Wednesday morning, the investigation was still ongoing and there was still a presence at the scene of law enforcement and hazmat personnel. There were no evacuation orders and there was no present danger to the community.
“Because alert members of the community saw something and said something, alerting the police department, members of Monrovia Police Department and Monrovia Fire and Rescue, along with other local agencies were able to shut down this potential drug laboratory in our community,” shared Chief Alan Sanvictores
This crime is being actively investigated, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Monrovia Police Department Detective Division at (626) 256-8041.