Photo: Aaron Gorzeman
Santa Barbara County – Apparently, 37-year-old Oxnard resident Aaron Gorzeman is well aware of the dangers of cooking illegal drugs at home.
That may explain why on the morning of January 30th, employees at the Goleta Courtyard by Marriott called 911 Emergency to report their discovery of what Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover described as “suspicious chemicals in a boiler room” of the hotel.
Responding deputies checked the place out and discovered “a clandestine drug lab” and substantial evidence of dimethyltryptamine (DMT) production. The deputies, recognizing the potential dangers inherent in such a discovery, contacted the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force with a request for assistance in dismantling the lab.
The ensuing investigation indicated that Gorzeman, “a maintenance employee of the hotel,” was in custody at Santa Barbara County Jail following his January 26th arrest on outstanding warrants. At the time of that arrest, he was additionally found to be in possession of methamphetamine and assorted drug paraphernalia.
With the discovery of the secret drug production facility on the hotel’s property, a search warrant for Gorzeman’s residence and vehicle led to the discovery by detectives working in cooperation with the Ventura County Combined Agency Narcotic Task Force of “additional evidence of drug manufacturing.”
While still incarcerated, Gorzeman was “re-booked” on the additional charges of drug manufacturing, with his bail now set at $100,000.
Photo: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking