Butane Hash Oil Lab Discovered at Marijuana Dispensary

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Acting on community complaints, Long Beach Police Drug Investigation Section detectives served a search warrant at a marijuana dispensary in the 100 block of East Pacific Coast Highway on November 10, 2015, at approximately 11:00 a.m.

The investigation led to the discovery of materials consistent with the manufacturing of Butane Hash Oil (BHO). BHO is made when tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is extracted from marijuana plants. Butane, which is extremely dangerous due to its flammability and is used during the extraction process, was also found. BHO can be consumed by smoking, ingestion, or vaporization. Users prefer BHO due to the high concentration of THC.

Jose De La Cruz, 31 years old and a resident of Long Beach, and Miguel Arturo Heredia, 31 years old and a resident of Bell Gardens, were arrested for manufacturing a controlled substance, illegal marijuana sales, and outstanding warrants. They are being held in Long Beach City Jail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the LBPD’s Drug Investigation Section at (562) 570-7221. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

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