A 19-year-old Nevada City man was arrested for the second time in a week in connection with the manufacture of honey oil, or marijuana hash oil.
Michael Lee Hale was driving on Highway 49 near Empire Street when he was pulled over just before 3 p.m. on Sunday because his vehicle had a broken tail light, said Nevada County Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pettitt.
Hale reportedly told the deputy who pulled him over that he was driving on a suspended license.
The deputy subsequently smelled marijuana in the vehicle, and Hale admitted to having some pot in the back seat and a bong in the trunk, Pettitt said.
A search reportedly revealed a cardboard box in the back seat with “everything you need to make honey oil,” Pettitt said.
The deputy also found several individually wrapped brownies that reportedly tested presumptive positive for marijuana.
Hale was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, transporting marijuana for sale, committing a felony while on bail and driving on a suspended license.
He was being held in county jail in lieu of $71,176 bail and is set to be arraigned in Nevada County Superior Court this morning.
Hale had been in court on April 22 on his earlier arrest, was appointed a public defender and was released on his own recognizance.
He had been arrested on April 20 after he, and a second man identified as Devin Kyle Jensen, reportedly were discovered making honey oil in a carport on Ridge Road.
Jensen reportedly told deputies he learned how to make the marijuana hash oil from a YouTube video.
A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol when he noticed two people crouching down in a carport in the 2600 block of Ridge Road. He then found evidence of a honey-oil manufacturing operation, including coffee filters, butane canisters and a Pyrex dish filled with a clear liquid.
Deputies reportedly subsequently located a bowl of honey oil and a box containing marijuana shake and more coffee filters.
Hale and Jensen were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana; they both are scheduled to enter a plea on May 13.
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