Report of BHO lab leads to Penn Valley man’s arrest |

Report of BHO lab leads to Penn Valley man’s arrest

A Penn Valley man was arrested after Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies were asked to conduct a welfare check on very young children living at a residence believed to have a possible butane honey oil lab.

Deputies and staff from Child Protective Services conducted the check on the property on Flying T Road after receiving a report that a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old were at the residence, said Undersheriff Joe Salivar.

During the welfare check, deputies reportedly saw a number of butane cylinder caps outside and one canister inside. They also reportedly found a large bag of marijuana shake, a digital scale and items associated with butane homey oil production.

The children had not been at the residence for about a week, Salivar said.

A criminal search warrant was subsequently obtained and a further search of the residence reportedly uncovered approximately 26 pounds of marijuana shake and cola. Deputies also allegedly found approximately 500 empty butane canister in the house, next to a honey oil processing station, and another 20 outside.

There were several firearms inside the residence, some of which were unsecured, and one in a vehicle, Salivar said.

Ryan James Caselli, 25, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, possessing an illegally shortened firearm and possessing a loaded firearm in public. He was booked and released on $37,000 bail.

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

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