Eye Doctor Accused of Manufacturing Hallucinogenic, Endangering His Children

A clandestine DMT laboratory was allegedly located in the master bedroom of a Murrieta optometrist's home during the service of a unrelated search warrant by the Murrieta/Temecula Regional Gang Task Force, police said in a news release issued Friday.

David Alan Dortch is shown in a sheriff's jail booking photo. (Photo courtesy of Riverside County Sheriff's Department)
David Alan Dortch is shown in a sheriff's jail booking photo. (Photo courtesy of Riverside County Sheriff's Department)

Results from a state laboratory confirmed Murrieta police investigators’ suspicions that a former resident was allegedly manufacturing a hallucinogenic drug known as DMT in his home, a sergeant said Friday.

Ending a months-long investigation, David Alan Dortch, 48, was arrested Nov. 1 on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance and child endangerment, Murrieta police Sgt. Don Weller stated in a news release.

Dortch is listed as the owner and operator of a Murrieta optometry practice called Spectrum Vision Center.

Members of the Murrieta/Temecula Regional Gang Task Force initially visited Dortch’s former residence in the 20000 block of Matador Way on April 20 to serve a search warrant regarding a vandalism investigation allegedly involving his 12-year-old son, according to the news release.

The boy was taken into custody on suspicion of causing more than $15,000 in graffiti-related damages, Weller said.

“During the service of that search warrant, investigators located a small marijuana grow and what appeared to be an active, illicit clandestine DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) laboratory, which was located in the parents' master bedroom of the residence,” Weller said. “It was determined by investigators at the scene that Mr. Dortch was responsible for setting up and maintaining the marijuana grow and the possible DMT laboratory.”

DMT is a chemical that, when ingested or inhaled, acts as a psychedelic drug, according to a Wikipedia page on the subject. "Depending on the dose and method of administration, its subjective effects can range from short-lived milder psychedelic states to powerful immersive experiences; these are often described as a total loss of connection to external reality and an experience of encountering indescribable spiritual/alien realms," the Web page reports.

Weller said chemicals were collected from Dortch’s residence as evidence, then sent to the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Forensic Services for a more detailed analysis.

Results received by the Murrieta Police Department on Oct. 10 confirmed the presence of DMT, Weller said.

The Murrieta/Temecula Regional Gang Task Force continued its investigation, which ultimately led to Dortch’s arrest Nov. 1 on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, which is a felony. He was also jailed on suspicion of misdemeanor child endangerment, “due to the accessibility of the dangerous drugs located in the residence to his children,” Weller said.

As of Friday, jail records indicated Dortch had been released from Southwest Detention Center after posting $50,000 bond and was due in court Dec. 30.

Anyone with information or questions regarding the investigation may contact Capt. Dennis Vrooman at 951-304-2677. Information may also be provided anonymously through "We Tip" by calling 1-800-78-CRIME.

Justice For All November 26, 2013 at 05:04 AM
Sorry, did I miss something?
Justice For All November 26, 2013 at 05:34 AM
@Nelly -- If you're asking if I think that Allen G was Dortch, I suppose it's very possible. You don't need much to create a fake account on Patch, just a Facebook, Twitter, or email. But, I actually thought that Allen G made some similar remarks that sounded like COOPER from earlier comments. Which, I suppose could also have been Dortch. Either way, it was someone who definitely was a supporter of the Freeman/Sovereign Citizen agenda. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- I've never met Dortch. I've only heard him talk a bit on those podcasts. I can't tell you whether there were any key patterns that might have given him away as any of the commentators in this thread. All I do know about Dortch came from several news articles, a bit of my own research, and some very informed 'sources' that I'm acquainted with and trust.
Justice For All November 26, 2013 at 05:43 AM
@Pat -- Does your son know if Zach or his friends were actually getting their marijuana from Dortch? Was Zach selling or providing MJ to his friends?
Mike June 26, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Justice For All, Im sure your going to tell how the court date went last month cause you know it all..
Mike July 08, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Hey Justice, still waiting for your wonderful insight.


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