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Police: Calimesa Man Arrested for Running Meth Lab in Town

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department says the man was manufacturing and selling methamphetamine out of his Calimesa home.

A Calimesa man suspected of running a meth lab out of his house was behind bars Monday, police and jail records indicated.

55-year-old Rick Lee Littrel was taken into cusody on Thursday when Yucaipa Detectives served an arrest warrant in the 1000 block of California Street in the City of Calimesa, according to sheriff's Deputy Danny Rice.

When deputies were at the location– not only did they find Lee, but they also discovered "an active methamphetamine lab along with metamphetamine for sales," Rice said.

Narcotics detectives responded, and the Calimesa man was ultimately arrested for possession for sales of a controlled substance and manufacturing methamphetamine, according to Rice.

He was taken to the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino, and booked on $500,000 bail, according to jail records.  An arraignment was scheduled for Monday afternoon.

ConcernedCitizen May 13, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Calimesa is Riverside county how is San Bernardino County the arresting county ???
Bruce Phillips May 13, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Depends on which side of County Line Rd. Duhhhhh
ATC May 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Actually, CC is right. State law prohibits annexation or incorporation of cities across county lines, so the city of Calimesa is wholly within Riverside County, south of the county line, and served by Riverside County Sheriffs. Anything north of the county line in that area is Yucaipa, served by San Bernardino County Sheriffs. Additionally, the 1000 block of California is south of the county line, in Calimesa/Riverside County. Not sure why or how San Bernardino Sheriffs were involved in serving an arrest warrant in Riverside County, unless the story has the address wrong (both block & city). Duhhhhh, Bruce.
Renee Schiavone (Editor) May 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM
I have a call into the department to figure out why San Bernardino sheriff's served the warrant. The address and city are correct as provided by the department.
Ken May 13, 2013 at 11:17 PM
This is not true..I know for a fact that SB County Sheriffs can and will serve warrants in Calimesa...even if the address is wrong, The search warrant was issued in the SB courts, the SB sheriffs served the warrants and the Judge said it didnt matter. Regardless of the "law"
Jeffrey Sabatini May 13, 2013 at 11:39 PM
SBSD & Riverside often work together as a Task Force that can also include FBI, ATF and host of other alphabet agencies. This allows sharing of intel, equipment, manpower and other resources. That, and if there is a huge seizure, everybody gets a share and/or credit. That alone is worth the cooperation. Bottom line... Good guys win, bad guys lose and go to jail. I'd call that a win/win any day!
Ken May 14, 2013 at 02:08 AM
In the case I am speaking of, it was SMASH (from SB county) only in serving a search warrant in Calimesa. The street was correct the address was incorrect (there was only 1 residence on that side of the street) and they werent even aware it was in Riverside County...
beaumontdave May 14, 2013 at 03:54 AM
I don't care which county serves the warrant, the important thing is they got a "lab" and eliminated another source of meth, so it's "all good".
ATC May 14, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Hmmmm, interesting. I agree with bd that "it's all good" that they got the lab and made the arrest, but I still wonder about the logistics of the "cross-county" activity. For example, a Beaumont PD would not be able to arrest or even ticket someone in Banning, unless they followed that person into Banning during an "active" pursuit. Otherwise, it's outside of their jurisdiction so they have no law enforcement powers. Serving an arrest warrant would not be considered an "active" pursuit. Perhaps this case was indeed a situation where a joint force was involved, both from SB & Riv Counties, although it seems unlikely based on just the article. BTW, Ken, if SMASH (from SB county) weren't even aware that they had left their jurisdiction, that doesn't give me much confidence in them.
ATC May 14, 2013 at 01:59 PM
I'm not disputing that they "can", I'm simply questioning why. Nothing I said is untrue; north side of county line is Yucaipa, served by SB Sheriffs, south side of county line is Calimesa, served by Riv Sheriffs. That is the dividing line bewtween both the cities and the counties, and under normal circumstances, LEOs from one side have no jurisdiction on the other side of that line. I also find it odd that a SB county court can issue a search warrant for a Riv county location. "Regardless of the "law""????? That sentence is a scary thought.

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