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Oroville Police: man arrested for shoplifting leads to meth lab bust

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Jun 16 2013 07:19:11 PM CDT
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On Thursday Oroville Police said they responded to the Food Max grocery store on the report of a shoplifter who had been detained by employees.

The suspect, 38-year-old Oroville transient Brian K. Jordan had entered the store and had allegedly filled up a grocery cart with approximately $200.00 in store merchandise and later exited without paying.

Prior to officers arriving, police said Jordan attempted to conceal his backpack which contained a glass methamphetamine pipe and other contraband associated with manufacturing methamphetamine.

He was later booked into Butte County Jail on charges of Commercial Burglary/Shoplifting, see attached booking photograph.

On Friday detectives with the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) inspected the alleged contraband found inside Jordan’s backpack and confirmed the presence of red phosphorous and other over-the counter components also referred to as precursors utilized to manufacture methamphetamine. The backpack was collected by BINTF for additional testing and analysis.

As BINTF responded to the Butte County Jail to interview Jordan, Oroville Police officers located his transient campsite in the area of Myers Street and Lincoln Boulevard.

Officers said at the campsite they located additional bi-layered liquids and chemicals which confirmed the presence of a methamphetamine laboratory. BINTF responded to the scene for evidence collection and processing which lead to detectives booking Jordan on an additional charge of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Officers said in this case Jordan was in possession of what is often referred to as a “Backpack” lab which is concealed and can be easily transported from one location to another. The chemicals used and the lab process is highly flammable and causes environmental issues.

Police said the transient campsite had nearby homes, commercial businesses and the vacant lot had untrimmed vegetation.