Sheriff’s detectives arrested two Grover Beach residents after investigators discovered two drug labs in a garage and two autistic children in a house in the 800 block of Seabright Avenue.
Cmdr. Brian Hascall of the Sheriff’s Department said two autistic boys, ages 8 and 6 years old, were taken into protective custody by the county’s Child Welfare Services. They were to receive a full medical evaluation.
Max Ryan Jordan, 30, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, possessing marijuana for sale, felony possession of a controlled substance and felony child endangerment.
Jennifer Marie Ellis, 33, was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment.
Both are in County Jail; bail was set at $500,000 for Jordan and at $100,000 for Ellis.Ellis is the mother of both children, Hascall said. Jordan is her boyfriend but is not the boys’ father, he said.
It’s unknown whether the children were exposed to any of the drugs or products used to produce them, Hascall said.
However, those substances “would have been within reach of both children,” he said. Hascall said the detectives, members of the department’s narcotics unit, were following up on an investigation into the manufacturing and possession of illegal drugs when they conducted a probation search at 7:50 p.m. Thursday.
They found cocaine and opiate-based prescription narcotics in the house, Hascall said.In the garage, they found a boxed methamphetamine lab — a cardboard box containing everything needed to make methamphetamine.
“It’s technically a lab, even though it wasn’t running at the time,” Hascall said.
The detectives also found a “butane honey oil” conversion lab, which is used to extract pure THC, the main psychoactive substance found in cannabis plants.