For those who’ve been following the Jason West story: West was sentenced Friday to more than five years in prison, after he pled guilty in September to charges of embezzlement and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. West admitted that, while he was a graduate student at the University of California, Merced, he stole laboratory equipment and supplies from the university and intended to use them to make meth.
The Merced Sun-Star has a video that shows one of the meth labs stocked by West. The video appears to have been made in August and some of the information presented was contradicted by Merced County Deputy District attorney Steven Slocum when I spoke with him in September. For example, laboratory tests of material prepared by West showed neither methamphetamine nor the precursor P2P.