A Cameron Park man has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to drug manufacturing and trafficking offenses.
Michael Ryan Wills, 31, entered the plea March 29 in El Dorado County Superior Court to charges of illegally manufacturing concentrated cannabis, commonly known as butane honey oil, and illegally transporting or shipping marijuana across the United States, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff's Office news release.
The conviction stemmed from investigations conducted over a two-year period by sheriff's narcotics detectives assisted by the United States Postal Inspection Service.
Postal inspectors in December 2015 intercepted a suspicious package that led them to Wills' Cameron Park residence, where they found Wills was operating an illegal butane honey oil lab in his home, with children present, the news release said. Sheriff's detectives were called to investigate the honey oil lab, and Willis was subsequently arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, marijuana sales and child endangerment.
In May 2017, sheriff's narcotics detectives opened a second investigation into Wills' activities after receiving a tip that he was continuing to manufacture honey oil at his residence, the news release said. During a monthlong investigation, detectives and postal inspectors executed a search warrant at multiple locations, leading to Wills' arrest on suspicion of illegally transporting or shipping marijuana and honey oil across the United States.
Detectives and postal inspectors seized more than $40,000 in cash, 479 marijuana plants, 300 pounds of processed marijuana and 2.5 pounds of butane honey oil, the news release said.