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Meth raid leads to tombstone haul, say cops in Loma Linda, Calif.

Afghan families arrive at the Kart-e Sakhy cemetery to attend funeral ceremonies in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 13, 2011.
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(CBS/AP) LOMA LINDA, Calif. - If you thought...like we did...that the city of Tombstone was in Arizona, you might want to check out the Southern California community of Loma Linda.

Authorities said Wednesday that narcotics investigators raiding a home there during a methamphetamine bust found something else in the backyard - two dozen granite and marble tombstones.

One of the stolen grave markers was traced to the nearby Montecito Memorial Park in Colton, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman.

"Some of them may be from other cemeteries," she said. Investigators were trying to locate family members so the markers can be returned to the proper place in graveyards.

The 24 tombstones scattered around the site of Tuesday's drug bust have an estimated value of $48,000, she said.

Deputies said the suspects were selling methamphetamines from the residence. During the raid, the deputies noticed the tombstones weighing hundreds of pounds each.

"The strange thing is, they don't have any value to these suspects," Bachman said. "They are made of stone. Sure, they have sentimental value to the families, but they are worth nothing to these people."

During the raid at the Loma Linda home, deputies served a search warrant and arrested a resident. John Bleuer was booked for investigation of methamphetamine possession and sales, possession of firearms and possession of stolen property.

Three other residents identified in the warrant - Steve Hansen, Lisa Jackson and Louis Anchelowitz - were not yet in custody, Bachman said. All four are expected to be charged and arraigned on Thursday.