Recently, three individuals were arrested in Van Nuys. They were were the subject of a drug bust at a Studio 6 Hotel.

Police were conducting a narcotics investigation at the hotel, when they noticed what looked like a pipe bomb located in the hotel room’s safe.

The hotel was evacuated and the bomb squad was called in, however, the device was found to be non-threatening. Guests were eventually allowed to return to their rooms in the early morning hours. The suspects were taken into custody.

The Arrest Process in Van Nuys

When someone is arrested in Van Nuys, they will likely be taken to the Van Nuys Police Department or the Van Nuys Jail located at 14510 Erwin Street in Van Nuys.

Either way, what happens next is probably something you may or may not be familiar with. It’s been seen and depicted many times in film and television and is known as — booking and processing.

This is the procedure where photographs (mug shots) are taken, fingerprints are recorded and a background check is conducted. Once all these have been completed, bail will be set by a judge or magistrate for those who are eligible.

If an inmate is taken to a smaller police station or jail and is not bailed out, or remains there until their first arraignment, they will more often than not be transferred to a larger holding facility.

In Los Angeles County it would be the Twin Towers jail if they are male, or the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood if they are female. When this happens, it can significantly lengthen their time in custody due to having to repeat the booking and processing procedure at the new facility.

The arrest and booking process at any jail in California can anywhere from 4 to 10 hours or more depending upon the individual circumstances of the arrestee, and the available staffing at each facility.