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Big meth lab bust reported in Lodi

Juan Vasquez Bautista
Juan Vasquez Bautista Lodi police

Napa and Lodi police say they busted a methamphetamine lab in the San Joaquin County town on Wednesday.

Officers seized about 50 pounds methamphetamine: 24 pounds of dried crystal methamphetamine and 25 gallons of methamphetamine in 50 gallons of solution at a home on Maxwell Street in Lodi.

Officers arrested Juan Bautista, 40, on suspicion of manufacturing the drug. Firearms were also confiscated.

The Napa County Narcotics Task Force contacted Lodi police about its investigation of Bautista. That investigation led to four search warrants being executed in Lodi, including one at the Maxwell Street address.

The meth discovered by officers is said to have an estimated street value of $245,000. Bautista is in custody in Napa.

Bill Lindelof