Suspects Arrested for Running Honey Oil Lab and Endangering Child
SAN JACINTO – Two Suspects were arrested for cultivating, processing and packaging marijuana and concentrated cannabis for sale while a four-year-old child lived on the premises.
After receiving a tip that there was an illegal marijuana grow operation at a residence, the San Jacinto Police Department Special Enforcement Team began to investigate. The deputies got a break in the investigation when late Friday evening they observed a Chevrolet truck from the residence traveling westbound on Evans Street in San Jacinto.
A deputy conducted an enforcement stop for a vehicle code violation. During the stop, deputies located a half-pound bag of marijuana in the truck as well as $3,000 in cash. The driver Jessica Desmond, 22 and the passenger as Leroy Langford, 21, both of San Jacinto were detained. The deputies then obtained a search warrant for their residence.
According to Sergeant J. Orona on the following Saturday afternoon, a search warrant was served by the Special Enforcement Team. During the service of this search warrant, deputies discovered the residence was a marijuana grow house and packaging operation as well as a concentrated cannabis, “honey-oil” lab.
The honey oil-making process requires the use of butane gas to turn marijuana into a honey-like substance that can be easily vaporized and is an extremely dangerous process. The butane poses a serious fire hazard and can be explosive. During the investigation deputies also discovered that a four-year-old child lived in the residence in these dangerous conditions.
Searching the residence, 12 mature marijuana plants, 30 pounds of processed marijuana and packaging material, and 16 ounces of concentrated cannabis – honey oil were seized. There was also a loaded firearm within easy reach of the child.
Desmond and Langford were both arrested and booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility for cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales, operating a concentrated cannabis extraction lab, possession of concentrated cannabis, and felony child endangerment. Langford was also charged with violation of probation.