(BCSO release) On August 10th, 2022, Agents from the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) and assisted by a Chico Police Department Patrol Officer, served a search warrant at 194 E. Shasta Avenue Apartment #4B in Chico. Simultaneously, Shane Edward Gower, a 42 year-old resident of the aforementioned apartment, was stopped in a vehicle near the location, also pursuant to the search warrant. Several other people were detained. Ray Shawn Kaliske, a 34 year-old Chico resident, was arrested for an outstanding warrant.
During the search, Agents located and seized the following items:
A Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) Clandestine Lab
Evidence Indicating the Sales of Controlled Substances
Mr. Gower was ultimately arrested for the following offenses and booked into the Butte County Jail, with bail set at $115,000:
Operation of a DMT Clandestine Lab (11379.6 HS)
Possession of Controlled Substances for Sale (11378 HS)
Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is an illegal hallucinogenic drug that is often extracted from plant material through chemical processing in clandestine labs such as this one. It is classified by the United States Controlled Substances Act as a Schedule 1 drug. This will be the 3rd clandestine DMT lab seized by BINTF Agents in the last 90 days.
Additional charges may be sought.
For questions or further information regarding this press release please contact Commander Michael O’Brien at (530) 538-2261.