A one-time Los Angeles police officer who turned a garage into a drug lab has been sentenced to five years in prison
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A one-time Los Angeles police officer who turned a garage into a drug lab has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Joseph Spadafore was sentenced Monday in federal court in Riverside.
The 64-year-old Spadafore was an LAPD officer from 1976 to 1991.
Prosecutors say an explosion sent firefighters to a Menifee home last November. They found the garage in flames. Investigators say it contained a makeshift lab where Spadafore used highly flammable butane to extract hash oil from marijuana plants.
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Authorities who searched the home and garage found about two dozen propane tanks and more than 28 liters of hashish oil valued at up to a half-million dollars.
At sentencing, the judge rejected Spadafore’s argument that he was only staying at the home because he needed somewhere to sleep.