Raids at four homes in Santa Ana and Anaheim resulted in the arrest of 10 people suspected of making methamphetamine, police said Wednesday.
Following a weeklong investigation, Martin Reyes, 22, and Minerva Alvarado Alvarez, 23, were arrested late Tuesday at their home in the 10000 block of Perdido Street in Anaheim, where police confiscated flasks, heating material and chemicals used to process the drug, Sgt. Ronald Lovejoy said.
Officials said the suspects were in the process of setting up a makeshift methamphetamine lab at the three-bedroom house.
"They had even cut a hole in the roof of the garage to vent the poisonous fumes," Lovejoy said. "It was three days from being operational."
Investigators estimated that the lab would have been capable of producing hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine.
"This is a fairly large lab in such an urban area," Lovejoy said. "Large labs like this are usually found in rural areas, where people are not going to notice the smell and activity."