A Castaic man was detained Saturday night after a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of lab materials used to make hash oil
A 20-year-old Castaic man was detained Saturday night after a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of lab materials used to make hash oil, a marijuana product, according to a press release from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
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Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Summer Violent Crime Enforcement Program stopped the car for routine traffic violations at 6 pm Saturday and could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to the release.
The driver was detained pending a narcotics investigation, and the vehicle was searched. Inside the vehicle’s trunk, deputies found all the makings for a lab, used to extract hash oil (also known as honey oil) from marijuana.
Authorities seized hundreds of cans of butane, laboratory style glassware, a scale, a portable stove, and an undisclosed amount of finished product, according to the release.
Hash oil is the most potent form of cannabis because of its high THC content, according to the release. The process of extracting the oil is extremely dangerous, and has been linked to a large number of explosions and house fires.
The suspect was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station for various narcotics related crimes, including possessing, manufacturing and transporting concentrated cannabis; all felonies.
His name is not being released at this time due to an on-going investigation.
No further information is being released at this time.
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Source: Santa Clarita News