Monday, August 20 , 2018, 4:19 pm | Fair 75º


Local News

Suspected Drug-Making Lab Discovered in Vandenberg Village

A suspected drug-making lab has been discovered in Vandenberg Village after Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies served a warrant at an apartment.

Deputies went to the residence in the 3800 block of Mesa Circle Road at 9:15 a.m. Monday to serve a warrant.

Qadre Muhammed Salim, 33, was arrested on a felony no-bail warrant, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said. 

While searching the apartment, deputies discovered hundreds of pills and chemicals that were suspected precursors for manufacturing narcotics. 

“We don’t know exactly what those chemicals are,” Hoover said.

The sheriff's Narcotics Unit was called in to help deal with the suspected drug-making lab.

Due to the presence of unknown potentially dangerous chemicals, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department hazmat team was dispatched to help at the scene.

Neighbors in the apartment complex were evacuated as a precaution until the chemicals were removed safely, Hoover said.

Additional charges are pending identification of the chemicals and pills found in the apartment, Hoover added.

Once the chemicals are identified, they will be properly destroyed, Hoover said.

Narcotics detectives from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department and representatives of the Department of Justice also assisted in incident.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through Stripe below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >