Drug officials call honey oil labs in Butte County a "major problem"

Jul 23, 2014 1:44 PM by Alex Backus

The City of Oroville and the Drug Endangered Children Response Team teamed up Wednesday to fight honey oil labs in Butte County.

Butte County ranks top two in the state for honey oil lab seizures, where there's been over 15 since January 2014.

"Butte County has a major honey oil lab problem," Drug Endangered Children Training and Advocacy Center Director of Training Mitchel Brown said.

Brown explains honey oil is a stronger form of marijuana, the process involves rinsing off THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, into concentrated form.

Butte along with Mendocino and Humboldt Counties are typical marijuana grow areas; there have been approximately 250 honey oil lab seizures across California this year.

"Honey oil labs, we have lots of seizures for those," Brown said. "It's almost meeting the amount of methamphetamine labs that we had at one time, it's not there yet, but it's increasing faster than methamphetamine labs increased."

When labs blow, they put anyone near the vicinity in danger.

Code enforcement officers, city officials and members of the public attended a workshop in Oroville Wednesday learning how to detect ingredients to make honey oil, such as butane.

The workshop also taught protocol surrounding incidents of drug endangered children, Brown says 80% of CPS families have substance abuse problems. The workshop additionally taught tactical communication concepts in the hope to build awareness and educate drug-related incidents.


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