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Butane hash oil lab discovered in home; five days later, an arrest is made

Charles Jamison.
Charles Jamison. Citrus Heights Police Department

A 36-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for his alleged involvement in a butane hash oil lab that police discovered last week at a Citrus Heights home.

About 7:50 a.m. Friday, Citrus Heights police detectives served a marijuana cultivation search warrant in the 7300 block of Little Oaks Way. Inside the residence, detectives found a sophisticated butane hash oil extraction lab, according to a Police Department news release. Because of safety risks posed by butane hash oil operations, detectives evacuated the home and summoned a Sacramento County hazardous materials team.

Once the site was deemed safe, detectives seized 35 gallons of commercial butane, a hash oil extraction system, 161 marijuana plants and approximately three ounces of hash oil from the laboratory, the news release said. The Citrus Heights officers were assisted in the investigation by the California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area team.

During the investigation, detectives identified Charles Jamison as being actively involved in the lab, according to the news release. He was arrested Wednesday and booked into Sacramento County jail on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and maintaining a place for the unlawful purpose of selling, giving away or using controlled substance.

Police noted that although the passage of Proposition 64 by California voters allows people 21 or older to legally possess specified amounts or marijuana, it does not legalize the chemical solvent extraction process used to create what is known as hash oil or honey oil. The chemical process associated with the labs is dangerous and has resulted in numerous injuries and deaths nationwide.

Police advise anyone who becomes aware of such an operation to immediately go to a safe location and call local law enforcement.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy