San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / 9:40 a.m.

INCIDENT: THC Extraction Lab / Possession of Marijuana (Concentrated Cannabis) for Sales

LOCATION: 23940 Portland Street, Apple Valley

SUSPECT: Salvador Caballero, age 66, resident of Apple Valley


The Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team and deputies from the Town of Apple Valley served a search warrant at the Portland Street residence and discovered evidence of a THC Extraction Lab. The suspect was present and detained during the investigation. It was determined during the investigation that the operation had been occurring for some time and most likely was not discovered until recently because of the remote location of the residence. Cabellero currently resides at the location.

Deputies J. Flores and J. Sacapano initially went to the residence to serve a felony arrest warrant for a subject wanted for sexual crimes against children. They contacted Cabellero at the location, who told them he just moved to the location within the last month. The deputies conducted a walk-through of the residence and property to verify the subject with the warrant was not there.

Investigators found evidence to show the THC Extraction Lab was producing concentrated cannabis. Over 10 pounds of marijuana plant material used in the extraction process was found along with over one pound of concentrated cannabis known as “Wax” or “Dabs”.

Investigators believe the suspect was manufacturing the concentrated cannabis at the residence and selling the product to others. The operation was capable of producing several pounds of concentrated cannabis per week. Some marijuana users prefer using Wax, Dabs or Honey Oil over the straightforward method of smoking marijuana (bud) because of the higher concentration of THC levels produced. Therefore, the effects are much stronger than the traditional method of smoking the plant material. THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main or active ingredient in marijuana that causes the “high” when using the drug.

The THC extraction process is extremely dangerous and has a high potential for explosion and fire due to the use of large amounts of flammable chemicals during the extraction process. This chemical process is illegal and is a violation of California’s Health & Safety Code. Investigators arrested Cabellero without incident and booked him into the High Desert Detention Center for Manufacturing a Controlled Substance and Sales of Marijuana. Bail is set at $540,000. The criminal report will be sent to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs / Narcotics Division at (909)890-4840. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

Refer: Sheriff’s Public Affairs
Phone No. (909) 387-3700
DR / case:#621600726

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700