Police charge five in drug lab raid
by Joel Danoy
Jun 05, 2013 | 7122 views | 9 9 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Five Tracy residents are charged in connection with a hash lab that city police raided Thursday, May 30, where they found more than $20,000 of marijuana, cocaine and prescription drugs.

Tailor Popp, 22, Stephen Bachetti, 23, James Boyd, 24, Richard Saunders-Richardson, 25, and Mohammed Ghiasuddin, 26, were arrested over a five-day span following a SWAT team raid at the residence on the 14900 block of West Grant Line Road.

Sgt. Alex Neicu of the Tracy Police Department said Wednesday, June 5, that a three-month investigation led the Special Investigations Unit to what he called a large-scale lab.

Police released information about the raid late Tuesday, June 4, after the last of the five men was arrested.

At the residence, Popp, Boyd and Saunders-Richardson were arrested and charged with the manufacturing of concentrated cannabis. Popp and Saunders-Richardson are also charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell.

During a subsequent search, officers found 1.5 pounds of hash, six pounds of marijuana ready for sale and some cocaine — which was described by Neicu as “a small amount, not really too much.”

Neicu said police also found the prescription drugs Norco and codeine. Norco is a painkiller that combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Codeine is an opiate used to treat pain or a cough.

Police also dismantled the lab, which, according to Neicu, consisted of pressure pumps, tubing and more than 1,000 canisters of butane that were found in the residence.

Butane can be infused by a small tube into a marijuana plant, according to Neicu. The butane is then extracted, and what remains is hash oil, known as honey oil or dabs.

A large number of marijuana plants were also found during the search, Neicu said.

Ghiasuddin was arrested by police at his home on the 200 block of Christopher Michael Lane on Monday, June 3, and Bachetti turned himself in on Tuesday, according to Neicu.

They are both charged with manufacturing controlled substances, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell and possession of marijuana.

Bachetti was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday and has a bail of $380,000, according to the jail website on Wednesday.

Ghiasuddin is at the jail, according to the website, and bail is not being allowed.

The other three men were not listed as being present at the jail.

• Contact Joel Danoy at 830-4229 or jdanoy@tracypress.com.

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June 09, 2013

TOOTER? I had to look that one up, the very fact that you know what a "tooter" is, is very alarming, yet it would explain your previous post.

Im sure you've heard the saying........"it takes one to know one" with that said, Mr Chris tooting Roberts....ttoot away
June 11, 2013
You buying?
June 07, 2013
What the hell? "Butane can be infused by a small tube into a marijuana plant, according to Neicu."

Neicu is not very well educated on the subject.

Does anyone really think butane could be infused into plants? Pressure pumps and tubing sounds like it is an extraction process. Meaning they some how used a lab set-up to condense or extract the chemicals in marijuana using butane.

And now here's the Tracy Press again bringing you false information.
June 07, 2013
For reasons not yet clear to those of us investigating these things “unofficially,” butane (and perhaps other gas/solvents with similar ultra-low-boiling properties) selectively solvate the desirable fraction(s) of cannabis oils, pulling out only a beautiful amber “honey oil” and leaving the undesirable vegetative oils, waxes, chlorophyll, etc. behind in the plant matter.

infuse, suffuse, imbue, ingrain, inoculate, leaven mean to introduce one thing into another so as to affect it throughout.

You really are dumb, aren't you?
June 06, 2013
There's another in Tracy. Huge. I've called police twice and nothing. I've been inside. It's crazy. Weed, E, coke, and mushrooms.
June 06, 2013
Come on Chris Roberts

Lets here it, them dang minorities.

Oh, snapp.... There goes your theory
June 06, 2013
lastword, I think you’re confusing Chris with someone else who would say “It figures” whenever a name was mentioned in an arrest that was usually Hispanic or had a name that didn’t sound like the Kings English like Lee Harvey Oswald or Charles Manson for example.
June 06, 2013
I am a minority, LoL put down the tooter and come back to reality. It's sunny out.
June 06, 2013

Respectfully, we are really all minorities, regardless of our race, religious beliefs, age, sex or sexual orientation.

I will say that many of yer comments have racial overtones an I have ta admit I find that to be an objectionable quality ya possess. But I will defend yer right ta say thangs as long as they are not promotin violent activities and/or responses.

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