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Probation search allegedly finds honey oil lab, ends in man’s arrest

Liz Kellar
Staff Writer

Narcotics detectives conducting a probation search arrested a man after they reportedly discovered a honey oil lab in his residence.

Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force conducted the search Wednesday afternoon at a residence in the 13000 block of Ryan Ranch Road, said Lt. Steve Tripp.

The resident, identified as Jeffery Scott Waters, was making honey oil, or hash oil, Tripp said.

Honey oil is the concentrated liquid essence of marijuana and is manufactured in several ways; one of the more popular methods, according to Tripp, uses butane to extract the THC from the plant.

The marijuana is placed inside a capped-off PVC pipe with butane and the resulting concentrate then is heated to burn the butane off, Tripp said.

“It can be a dangerous procedure,” he said.

Detectives reportedly found PVC pipe and honey oil in the freezer, as well as several pounds of processed marijuana.

Waters, 41, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and violating probation.

He was booked and released on $36,500 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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