Deputies uncover honey oil lab, seize more than 700 marijuana plants, firearms from Hesperia homes


Deputies serving search warrants in Hesperia last week seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana, over 700 plants and found an active “THC honey oil extraction lab,” officials said.

Six people — who were not identified — were arrested and cited for numerous charges, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday.

The Hesperia Sheriff’s Station’s Gang/Marijuana Enforcement Team conducted the warrants Friday after receiving information from “multiple sources, ultimately leading to a criminal investigation,” authorities said.

At a home in the 11000 block of Pinon Avenue, deputies seized about 21 pound of processed marijuana, a half-gallon of pure THC oil and 12-gauge shotgun.

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis.

Two people there were arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis for sale.

In the 6500 block of Jenkins Avenue, deputies found an “active marijuana grow” at a home and seized about 377 plants and eight pounds of marijuana, according to authorities.

Officers also found two illegal assault rifles and a 9mm handgun.

The two people there were arrested and cited on suspicion of utility theft or tampering, illegal cannabis cultivation and possessing an assault weapon.

Deputies found the honey oil lab at a home in the 18000 block of Orange Street.

Honey oil, also known as hash oil, is a cannabis concentrate that can require flammable butane for its production, according to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

Deputies also found about 340 plants and 100 pounds of marijuana at the Orange Street home.

Two people there were arrested for utility theft or tampering, illegal cannabis cultivation and manufacturing a controlled substance.

Sheriff’s officials said deputies found “electrical bypasses at two of the three locations.”

“These bypasses are extremely dangerous to the occupants in the residence along with the neighboring residences due to the high voltage electrical panels and wiring being improperly installed creating a huge risk of fire or explosion within the home,” the sheriff’s department said.

The six people arrested are also subject to fines from the city of Hesperia for violations to the municipal code, which prohibits commercial cannabis cultivation.

Daily Press reporter Martin Estacio may be reached at 760-955-5358 or MEstacio@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_mestacio.



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