Deputies from the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station recently responded to a tip from the LAPD about a possible drug lab located in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Valencia. When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered amounts of the substance known as GHB, or “the date rape drug” that the resident had for sale. The resident, Luce Spigno, was arrested and is currently being held on $100,000 bond.

The manufacture of drugs and narcotics is covered under California Health and Safety Code 11379.6 HS and is described as illegally manufacturing drugs, narcotics or controlled substances. It makes it illegal both to engage in, as well as offer to engage in, any activity that results in the manufacture of illegal substances. What this means is that, while it is illegal to manufacture controlled substances, it is also illegal to manufacture substances that can be later made into drugs.

Violating 11379.6 HS is a felony, and the possible punishment includes 3, 5, or 7-years in California state prison, and a maximum fine of $50,000. Those who are convicted of offering to manufacture controlled substances face 3, 4, or 5-years in county jail. Depending on the circumstances, though, judges have been known to sentence offenders to probation instead of prison time, however; the opposite is also true. It is possible to receive additional penalties if an individual is convicted of manufacturing large quantities of drugs, has caused death or injury, manufactures narcotics where children are present and/or has certain prior convictions of drug-related offenses.