PALMDALE – A 29-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after deputies found a “honey oil” lab while serving a search warrant at a Palmdale home, authorities said.
Jimmy Echeverria was arrested around 7:45 a.m. on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, according to LASD inmate records.
The bust happened at a residence in the 5500 block of Laurel Avenue in Palmdale.
“The Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant here this morning and discovered a marijuana extraction lab, and we came and processed the marijuana extraction lab,” said Detective Scott Schulze of the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (IMPACT).
“There were other narcotics found,” Schulze added, but did not elaborate. The detective said he did not know the quantity or value of the drugs seized.
Officers spent several hours processing the scene on Wednesday. Several dozen cans of butane were recovered, as well as glass trays with residue from marijuana concentrates, according to deputies at the scene.
Manufacturing marijuana concentrates, often referred to as “honey oil”, involves using highly flammable butane to extract Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from the cannabis plant, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Given the extremely volatile nature of heating butane and creating a gas, this process can result in violent explosions, according to the DEA. Read more here.
Echeverria was booked at the Palmdale Station jail Wednesday morning in lieu of $75,000 bail. He was released Wednesday evening after posting bond, according to LASD inmate records. The incident remains under investigation and no further information was immediately available.