On July 15, 2015 Pittsburg Police Department detectives executed a search warrant at a residence on the 900 block of Promenade Drive in the City of Pittsburg.
The search warrant was as a result of a lengthy investigation into a Butane Honey Oil Lab, which is the extraction of THC from marijuana, being run out of the residence.
During the service of the search warrant, five people were arrested for the production of what is commonly known as Honey Oil or Hash Oil according to Pittsburg Lieutenant Patrick Wentz.
Accordingto police, Inside the residence detectives found what is believed to be the county’s largest, and perhaps the states, honey oil lab located by law enforcement. This residence, although lived in by four of the people arrested, utilized almost every room for producing honey oil. It was found that the residents had set up several rooms for the purpose of growing marijuana plants to use during the production of the oil. Other rooms were found to be designated for the extraction process, along with storage and packaging room.
Approximately 30 pounds of finished product was located with an estimated street value of $750,000 and approximately $30,000 in cash, believed to be proceeds from the sales of the product, was seized from the residence.
Additionally one of the suspects in this investigation was found to have an illicit compartment in his vehicle, which are commonly used to hide illegal items. Detectives are still working to determine how long the resident have lived there and how long this lab has been functioning. This case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office for review.
This is a significant investigation and discovery due to the extreme dangers of using butane gas to extract THC from marijuana. Thankfully, based on the size of this lab and the amount of butane that had and was being used, no one was injured during production and it was discovered before this could potentially happen.
- Adam Schiebrel
- Michelle Alekseyev
- Jeffrey Bellesiles
- Kevin Muish
- Nicholas Lawton
At this point the investigation is still on-going and there is no other information that can be provided at this time.
Here is a video provided by Pittsburg Police within their Press Release