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Equipment Seized in Lab Raid Had Been Stolen

May 13, 2006|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Medical equipment seized in a methamphetamine lab raid had been stolen from Stanford Medical Center, where one of the suspects worked, officials said.

Benjamin Ruezga, 49, one of six men arrested May 5 when officers raided his house and seized 5 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $225,000, worked in the warehouse at the center and had access throughout the hospital.

Authorities removed medical equipment valued at more than $25,000 that they believe was used to treat injured criminals, Police Lt. Tom Alipio said.

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