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Santa Clarita deputies discover ‘honey oil’ lab, make arrest

Posted: May 24, 2014 9:07 p.m.
Updated: May 24, 2014 9:07 p.m.

A 20-year-old Castaic man was in custody Saturday night on suspicion of having, making and transporting concentrated cannibis.

 

A 20-year-old Castaic man was in custody Saturday night on suspicion of having, making and transporting concentrated cannibis after deputies pulled him over and discovered hash oil and items used to extract hash oil from marijuana, sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Summer Violent Crime Enforcement Program (SVCEP) stopped the man’s vehicle for routine traffic violations at about 6 p.m. and immediately smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, according to the news release. Deputies detained the driver and searched the vehicle.

Inside the truck deputies discovered “all the makings for a lab used to extract hash oil (also known as honey oil) from marijuana,” the news release read.

Among the items seized were hundreds of cans of butane, laboratory style glassware, a scale, a portable stove, and an undisclosed amount of finished product.

Sheriff’s officials noted that hash oil is the most potent form of cannabis because of its high THC content. The process of extracting the oil is extremely dangerous and has been linked to a large number of explosions and house fires, officials said.

The driver, whose name was not released because officials were still investigating the arrest, was booked into the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station jail on suspicion of various narcotics related crimes, including possessing, manufacturing and transporting concentrated cannabis, all felonies.

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