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Authorities shut down a drug lab disguised as a pizza kitchen in North Hollywood Thursday, KABC reported.
"We've heard of secret ingredients, but this one takes the pie!" the Los Angeles Police Department quipped Saturday in an Instagram post.
The facility used to cook up the sketchy substances is a warehouse in the 7300 block of Radford Avenue, KABC reported. The bust was part of a narcotics investigation.
"Let's just say [it's] not pizza," Lillian Carranza, the LAPD's commanding officer of the Gang and Narcotics Division, tweeted.
Two people were arrested and jailed without bail, KABC also reported. Their identities were not immediately released.
The similarities to AMC's "Breaking Bad" were not lost on denizens of social media, who joked in particular about the below photo reminiscent of the popular series that ran between 2008-2013.
"No deliveries from this 'pizza' lab anymore!" the LAPD tweeted, alongside the photo.
"Your lab squad working to dismantle and render an illicit Super Lab safe," Officer Carranza also said, adding that the lab was operating in a business area next to a pet hospital.
Photos from inside the "super lab" showed some elements that do appear pizza-like, such as stacked cooling racks, ovens, and even cardboard pizza boxes labeled "hot and fresh pizza to go."
Carranza explained in a series of tweets in the same thread that the facility was a THC honey oil extraction lab. She added that those are the sorts of labs "we see explode, cause injuries, property damage, and sometimes death."
Marijuana concentrates, or THC concentrates, are highly potent, GetSmartAboutDrugs.gov explains. One popular extraction method using the highly flammable solvent butane is particularly dangerous. The substance is sometimes called 710, to mimic the word "oil" spelled backwards. Other street names include "honey oil," "budder," "shatter," and "dabs."
"We work all cases from fentanyl trafficking to these illicit labs. They are ticking time bombs," Carranza also tweeted.
Carranza challenged one individual's criticism of the bust as going for "small fish" by saying there was "nothing small about this seizure."
TheBlaze reached out to the LAPD for further comment but did not hear back in time for publication.
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