Two arrested, millions in marijuana products seized in honey oil lab raid in Northwest Bakersfield

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Two people were arrested after Kern County Sheriff’s deputies raided a honey oil lab in Northwest Bakersfield, Tuesday morning.

The raid started just after 7:30 a.m. in the 21000 block of Snow Road near Superior Road and in the 7000 block of Norris Road. Butane honey oil, also called hash oil or wax, is created when butane is strained to extract THC from marijuana.

Two people identified as Justin Merrick and Troy Hines were arrested as a result of the raid.

KCSO says they received a search warrant to raid the lab. It was a multi-agency raid with officials from KCSO, county animal control and the Kern County Fire Department.

On Wednesday, sheriff’s officials said they seized millions of dollars worth of marijuana and marijuana concentrates.

The sheriff’s office said deputies seized:

  • 2,523 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $2,523,000.
  • 287 pounds of marijuana concentrate with an estimated street value of $6,514,900.
  • Two shotguns, two rifles
  • $22,680 in cash
  • Six commercial grade marijuana extraction vessels. Three were in use during the raid
  • 21 propane tanks containing 100 pounds of propane in each tank, 96 cans of butane.
  • Lab equipment: seven baking ovens, glassware, a large roto-evaporator, distilling equipment, industrial freezers, air purifiers.

Officials added that the lab itself was one of the biggest encountered in Kern County and was capable of producing large amounts of illegal marijuana products.

KCSO said the two men arrested were supplying illegally produced marijuana concentrates to dispensaries in Kern County, but potentially to other areas in the state or the country.

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