In the process of conducting a search relating to a case of domestic violence and theft, law enforcement authorities discovered a methamphetamine lab in a mobile home park and subsequently arrested a Fallbrook man on multiple charges.
Detective Jeff Lauhon, supported by the Sheriff’s Fallbrook Crime Suppression Team, served a search and arrest warrant at 1638 Calavo Road (near the corner of Stage Coach Lane and Brooke road) on December 4, at approximately 7 a.m. when a methamphetamine lab was discovered on the property.
“A small, clandestine methamphetamine lab was discovered at the site, along with narcotics for sale,” said Sgt. Joe Montion. “The meth lab was being operated out of a shed.”
Lauhon and the support team found the individual they had the warrant for, David Wayne Carter, 40, of Fallbrook at the residence.
In addition to the arrest warrant for domestic violence and theft, Carter was also charged with manufacturing and possession of controlled substances for sale and maintaining a place for trafficking in controlled substances.
If the lab had been located within 1,000 feet of the nearby Fallbrook High School, additional charges would have been brought against Carter.
The Narcotics Task Force, County Hazardous Material (Haz Mat), and two DEA chemists responded to the scene to conduct a follow-up investigation, Montion said.
An Oceanside woman, Stephanie Tipping, 38, was also found at the residence and arrested.
“Tipping was charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor arrest warrant,” said Montion. “She was determined to be visiting Carter and not involved with the lab or the sales of drugs.”
The domestic violence incident Carter is charged with relates to a Fallbrook woman.
Both Carter and Tipping were booked into the Vista Jail. Carter is being held on $320,000 bail. Tipping has already been released.