4 arrested in hash-oil lab in Winton

Four people were arrested over the weekend in Winton and three children placed in protective custody in connection with the discovery of an apparent hash-oil manufacturing laboratory, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Andrew S. Wey, 34, Samantha C. Wey, 36, Jesse B. Barros, 19, and a 17-year-old male, were taken into custody Saturday night.

Andrew and Samantha Wey were booked into the John Latorraca Correctional Facility on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance and child endangerment. Andrew Wey was also booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, Sgt. Delray Shelton told the Merced Sun-Star.

Barros was booked on suspicion of visiting a place where controlled substances are manufactured, a misdemeanor, and then released, according to Merced County Jail records.

The 17-year-old was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of maintaining a place for the manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Deputies received a report of shots fired around 11 p.m. in the 7900 block of Eucalyptus Avenue in Winton. Responding deputies heard at least one shot fired as they arrived on scene and ordered the people out of the home, authorities said.

Residents told deputies they were having a party, drinking and shooting a shotgun, Shelton said.

Deputies found nearly a dozen glass dishes with various amounts of hash oil, sometimes referred to as “honey oil,” inside the home. “Both parents admitted to us of the manufacturing, and dad is the convicted felon who was shooting the shotgun,” Shelton said.

Deputies Simon Sarkis , Jason Cope and Sgt. Dustin Witt, also found a small amount of marijuana inside the home.

Three children, whose ages were not available, were turned over to Child Protective Services, deputies said.