El Dorado County law enforcement officials announced the seizure of 296 pounds of marijuana trimmings during a search of a South Lake Tahoe residence Thursday morning.
South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement agents served a search warrant about 7 a.m. at 3121 Fresno Ave. The trimmings, which were in large trash bags, were being used to create concentrated cannabis oils via several methods, including butane fuel extraction, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Officials said agents discovered 180 expended and 65 partially used butane fuel canisters, all 300 milliliters in size. They seized nine extraction tubes made of both glass and steel, which were used to process marijuana/hash oil. They also seized approximately 10 ounces of concentrated cannabis in various forms within the home during the search.
The primary resident of the home, Dwayne Crenshaw, was arrested and booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale and manufacturing of a controlled substance.
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Sheriff’s officials said the extraction of THC from marijuana plant material using a chemical catalyst such as butane fuel is a felony under the California Health and Safety Code. They noted that butane hash or honey oil production, also known as BHO, is not protected under California’s compassionate use act.
Officials warn that the butane hash oil extraction process is a highly volatile process, noting that numerous BHO-related explosions have occurred throughout California in recent years, including one in South Lake Tahoe in 2013.