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SCV Deputies uncover cache of concentrated weed

Posted: July 12, 2014 9:46 p.m.
Updated: July 12, 2014 9:13 p.m.

Deputies found more than 300 envelopes containing "honey wax" which is typically smoked in vapor form.

 

Sheriff’s officials said Saturday they were investigating a cache of hundreds of packages of concentrated cannabis known as “honey wax” discovered after a routine traffic stop in Castaic.

Deputies arrested two Bakersfield men after pulling over and searching a vehicle at about 7 p.m. Friday, but officials were withholding their names Saturday, citing the ongoing investigation.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Deputy Joshua Dubin issued a press release Friday saying investigators believe the two men were in the process of transporting a shipment of honey wax to a music festival in San Bernardino County when their car was stopped by deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Summer Violent Crime Enforcement Program.

Inside the vehicle, deputies discovered more than 300 envelopes containing the powerful hash oil extract that typically is smoked in vapor form. Deputies also found and seized more than 100 plastic jars containing “concentrated cannabis in a form commonly referred to as ‘honey wax’ or ‘wax,’” according to Dubin’s news release.

“During the course of the investigation, deputies learned that the shipment of ‘wax’ was allegedly en route to a music festival in San Bernardino County,” Dubin’s news release states.

It was the third time in about three months that deputies have uncovered large amounts of the substance in the Santa Clarita Valley. On June 18, deputies discovered and dismantled a “wax” lab at a Canyon Country residence, arresting a woman and two men in connection with the operation.

Redmond Thomas Walley, 25, Mashawn Laurentia Clarke, 28, and Adrian Phillip Walley, 29, were booked on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance. The three were living in the home on Isabella Parkway where deputies allegedly found the lab.

On May 24, Summer Violent Crime Enforcement Program deputies pulled over a vehicle and detected a strong smell of marijuana. After searching the vehicle deputies discovered equipment used to manufacture concentrated cannabis, including hundreds of cans of butane, laboratory style glassware, a scale, a portable stove and an undisclosed amount of finished product, a sheriff’s news release issued at the time said.

“‘Wax” is said to be the strongest form of marijuana on the market,” the press release issued Friday by Dubin reads. The substance “has psychoactive properties and is extremely dangerous for people trying to make it at home,” the release reads.

Wax makers use butane to turn marijuana plants into a concentrated viscous mass, a process that can result in explosions, experts say.

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