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July 2, 2014: Man Charged After Suspected PCP Lab Erupts in Flames

Greg Risling, Public Information Officer

A 54-year-old man suspected of manufacturing PCP following a fire at a Compton home last month is facing drug-related charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

Albert Noble (dob 6/1/60) was charged in case BA426261 with one count each of manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. He is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Deputy District Attorney John Niedermann of the Major Narcotics Division said a sheriff's deputy found burning plastic buckets on June 17 in the backyard of a home in the 1100 block of W. 137th Street. When the deputy came to the front of the house, he saw a van speeding away.

During the pursuit, sheriff’s deputies saw Noble throw a bucket out of the van that is believed to contain chemicals used to make PCP, the prosecutor said. Noble was arrested after the chase and was found to be badly burned and was treated at an area hospital.

If convicted as charged, Noble faces up to seven years, eight months in state prison.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.