Domestic Violence Call Leads To Hash Oil Lab Discovery
Police Found Over 1,232 Grams Of Processed Hash Oil
SANTA CRUZ—The Santa Cruz Police Department has arrested two individuals for having a significant hash oil lab inside their residence on Linden Street in Santa Cruz. Police arrested 36-year-old Christopher Kite and 30-year-old Sarah Christian Theden on charges of manufacturing marijuana/hash for sale, destroying evidence, conspiracy, and child endangerment. Kite was also charged with assault and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or co-habitant – domestic violence.
On Monday, April 13, the Santa Cruz Police Department was called to a house on the 200 block of Linden Street on a report of domestic violence. During their investigation on what led to the domestic violence incident, officers found the makings of a hash oil lab in one of the rooms.
Detectives were able to get a search warrant for the residence and uncovered a significant hash oil lab. The lab was apparently used for manufacturing thousands of dollars worth of hash oil, a derivative of marijuana, also called “Honey Oil”. It is commonly smoked or vaporized and inhaled for stronger effects than normal marijuana.
Detectives seized approximately 1,232 grams of processed hash oil, which has an estimated street value of up to $62,000. They also found approximately 246 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of $123,000, along with $7,000 in cash.
Both Kite and Theden were arrested on multiple charges that they shared responsibility for the lab. They were also charged with child cruelty or endangerment, though police did not specify the details of the children who may have been present or living there.
Hash oil labs are extremely dangerous, volatile and can be very explosive. Because of extremely flammable butane gas the danger of explosion is extremely high, not only for the residents but also the nearby homes and people.