A Brisbane man was arrested Sunday after Newark police found numerous tubs of chemicals and a “chemical recipe” that indicated an operation of a meth lab in his truck, police said.
But contrary to what police originally thought, investigators learned that the chemicals found “were to extract gold from computer chips,” according to a statement from Newark police.
Police said officers were called around noon after someone reported a possible illegal dumping of materials.
When first contacted, the driver of the vehicle – identified as Vincent Suedise, 39, of Brisbane – refused to let authorities search him for weapons but police saw a knife in his back pocket and after a struggle, Suedise, who is a parole-at-large with a history of drugs was detained.
Two other men who were in the vehicle with him were detained and questioned but neither of the pair was arrested.
Interviews revealed that the chemicals were going to be used to extract gold from hardware, police said.
Suedise was arrested for his warrant and on suspicion of resisting arrest and possession of burglary tools and booked into Fremont Jail..
Any person with any information concerning these incidents can contact the Newark Police Department's non-emergency line at 510-578-4237 or can call the Silent Witness Hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.