News release - 4/17/2014

Published 4/17/2014 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Marijuana extraction lab
DATE/TIME: 4-16-14 1600 hours
LOCATION: 2101 Vineyard Avenue (Residence Inn) 
SUSPECT(S): Julian Berman 24 years of age
PREPARED BY: Sergeant Charles Woodruff
Detective Robert Valenzuela 805 385 7637

DETAILS: On 4-16-14, at about 1600 hours, officers responded to the Residence Inn at 2101 Vineyard Avenue reference suspicious circumstances. They contacted the hotel staff and were directed to a room in the hotel. It was there that they discovered what looked to be an active Marijuana extraction lab. An extraction lab is a process where chemicals and tools are used to remove the THC from Marijuana and become a substance similar to “honey” which is a street term. The chemicals in the process are extremely flammable and have been known to cause fires and in some cases even explosions. 

Officers were able to contact the renter of the room later identified as Julian Berman. Berman was arrested for the manufacturing of Marijuana extract and booked into Ventura County Jail.
A special lab team was requested from the California Department of Justice along with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department to help with the cleanup of the scene and disposal of the chemicals. The teams were on scene for over 8 hours assisting in the cleanup.    
  DATE / TIME PREPARED:  4-17-14 0230 hours

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