Marijuana operation busted in south Nevada County
June 27, 2014
Narcotics detectives served search warrants on two South County properties late Sunday, reportedly uncovering a substantial honey oil manufacturing operation and seizing 150 pounds of marijuana, hundreds of butane containers, weapons including an illegal assault rifle and thousands in cash.
Members of the Nevada County Sheriff's Narcotics Task Force initially went to a property on the 25000 block of Rodeo Flat Road, just outside Lake of the Pines, reportedly in response to a complaint of a strong odor of marijuana. They were serving a search warrant for marijuana cultivation and honey oil manufacturing, said Det. John Dzioba.
At the property, deputies located a honey oil lab, Dzioba said, finding 125 empty butane containers and 60 full containers, filters, Pyrex dishes with residue and a half-ounce of honey oil (concentrated cannabis).
"Three bedrooms had been converted to indoor marijuana drying and processing rooms," Dzioba said.
No current marijuana garden was located, though it appeared there had been a grow on the property in prior years, he added.
Deputies also reportedly located an illegal AR-15 style assault rifle with a pistol grip, which lacked the mandated bullet button to release the magazine.
Information from the Rodeo Flat search led detectives to a second property in the 23000 block of Duggans Road, off Lime Kiln Road, Dzioba said.
"The main residence was primarily being used to trim and process marijuana," he said. Task force members reportedly located 150 pounds of marijuana in various forms, including cola (bud), cola on the stem and shake, packaged in boxes, bags and brown paper bags. They also reportedly found about 1 ounce of honey oil, seven honey oil extraction tubes, about 15 Pyrex dishes with honey oil or residue, food processors with marijuana residue and about 400 full and 400 empty butane containers.
During the search deputies found one handgun, two shotguns and two rifles, one of which was a legal assault rifle, as well as 1,800 rounds of ammunition and $3,200 in cash, Dzioba said.
No one was at the Rodeo Flat property, and the investigation is continuing, Dzioba said, adding it is believed people at the two properties were working together.
Two of the six people present at the Duggans Road property were arrested. Eric Paul Normart, 45, and Jillian Rose Terzian, 26, were booked into county jail on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and committing a felony while armed. Normart was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, while Terzian's bail was set at $35,000.
Honey oil labs are becoming common in Nevada County, Dzioba said, adding t the task force has located three such operations in the last week and a half.
"There is more money in hash oil, about $40 to $60 a gram," he said. "And you can use more of the plant."
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