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FOCUS: ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY NEWS | SADDLEBACK/SOUTH
BEACH: SAN CLEMENTE

Man Held on Suspicion of Operating Meth Lab

October 02, 1998| CITY NEWS SERVICE

A 47-year-old man was arrested Thursday for allegedly making methamphetamine at a motel in San Clemente.

Dwight Wagle was taken into custody about 2:20 a.m. at the Country Inn at 35 Calle de Industrias, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Hector Rivera.

"Wagle . . . arrived at the hotel at 11 [last night] and checked into a room," Rivera said. "Shortly thereafter, he created a lab in the room and began producing or cooking methamphetamine."

The Sheriff's Department was tipped off, and deputies were sent to investigate. They said Wagle had made about a pound of methamphetamine, worth roughly $20,000 on the street, and was cooking a similar-sized batch.

The Orange County Fire Authority was summoned, and the Orange County Lab Enforcement team and hazardous-materials workers dismantled the lab, Rivera said.

Wagle was arrested on suspicion of a number of health and safety code violations related to illegal drug activity.

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