Alleged butane honey oil lab found in granny unit |

Alleged butane honey oil lab found in granny unit

Luiz Valle

A caller concerned about a rental off Ridge Road reportedly led to the discovery of a butane honey oil lab inside a granny unit on the property Tuesday.

The property, in the 10000 block of Cedar Way, is in a residential neighborhood not far from the intersection of Ridge Road and Alta Street.

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies were called to investigate possible illicit drug manufacturing taking place on the property, said Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Smethers.

A caller had reported a strong odor of marijuana and suspicious items outside the granny unit, Smethers said.

When the deputies arrived at the scene, they contacted two men there and observed items they believed were related to the manufacture of butane honey oil. The two men were detained and the Narcotics Task Force was called out.

The man who was renting the granny unit told deputies he had allowed his friend, identified as Luis Alberto Valle, to live there for the last month or so.

“He was aware his friend was manufacturing butane honey oil, and he said he had been concerned about possible explosions and about getting caught,” Smethers said.

The tenant gave written consent to search the granny unit. Detectives reportedly located an air compressor hooked up to a pressure cooker, numerous used and new butane canisters, a glass extraction tube, a vacuum chamber, a scale with residue, a large plastic bag of marijuana shake, a hot plate, and 2 ounces of honey oil.

Valle admitted to manufacturing honey oil, telling detectives he had been doing so for about five or six years. He said he had manufactured honey oil at the granny unit four separate times, and said he would use it, give it to friends, and sometimes sell it, Smethers said.

Valle, 24, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing butane honey oil and was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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