The house was nicely kept, with a stone front , on a busy residential
street just off the freeway in Glendale. Nothing special about it,
until you hear what police say was inside.
A marijuana ''grow
lab'', an arsenal of weapons including an AK-47, cash, and a ''honey
oil'' lab , to convert marijuana into ''oil'' or '' butter'' or ''wax''.
Dangerous because the manufacturing process involves using butane,
better known as lighter fluid. Butane vapors are highly volatile and can
be ignited with a slight spark from any electrical appliance, a stove, a
cigarette, you name it, and then ''boom''.
Fortunately for the
three suspects arrested in last night's raid, there was no fire or
explosion. Not so in Malibu, where another suspected ''honey oil'' lab
blew up, sending one person to the hospital with serious burns. Three
weeks ago it was Commerce, where a house literally was blown off the
foundation. More injuries. In other cases people have died. It's a
nationwide phenomenon, fueled largely, you guessed it, via the internet.
There are many ''how to '' videos showing the process of
essentially dissolving the oil out of the marijuana leaves by soaking
them in butane. It supposedly makes it looks easy but the danger is
vastly underrated. So, smoker beware. The supposed ''better'' high
you get from smoking the ''oil' or 'dab' or 'wax' or 'butter' isn't
really worth getting blown up is it?
(FOX 11 / CNS) Three people were arrested when authorities recovered drugs, cash, guns, ammunition and a display case from what they described as a hashish oil processing facility in Glendale last night.
The discovery came during a compliance check conducted by members of the AB 109 Task Force on a residence in the 1200 block of East Lexington Drive around 7:30 p.m., Glendale Police Department Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
The check uncovered a large hashish oil processing lab, marijuana and marijuana plants, methamphetamine, an AK-47 semi-automatic rifle, handguns, ammunition and an undetermined amount of cash, Lorenz said.
"They were growing marijuana, they were processing it, they had a honey oil (hash oil, distilled from marijuana) lab set up, and they had a display case where people could buy it,'' Lorenz said.
The residence check was on a burglar, released early under the terms of Assembly Bill 109, a state law enacted to relieve the overcrowding of California prisons through the early release of inmates, Lorenz said.
Six members of the task force, composed of officers from the Los Angeles County Probation Department, and the San Fernando, Burbank and Glendale police departments, had called the Glendale department's narcotics unit after the initial discovery, Lorenz said.
The narcotics unit, in turn, called for assistance from the Los Angeles Inter-Agency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force to handle the hashish oil processing lab cleanup.
It was the second-such facility uncovered in Glendale in less than two weeks, Lorenz said.
A hash-oil processing lab was found in a raid in North Glendale on March 29, the Glendale News Press reported.