Butane honey oil lab components found during traffic stop in Redding

Two men were arrested for having the main components of a butane honey oil lab in the vehicle they were traveling in, said Shasta County Sheriff's Office officials on Saturday.

Posted: Nov 21, 2020 2:59 PM
Updated: Nov 21, 2020 4:03 PM

REDDING, Calif. - A traffic stop in Redding conducted by a Shasta County Sheriff's deputy ended with two arrests on Saturday morning. According to the Sheriff's Office, all the components necessary to operate a butane honey oil production lab were found during a search of the vehicle by their deputies.

At approximately 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning the traffic stop occurred in the 9500 block of Old Oregon Trail in Redding.

According to responding officers, they observed a large stainless steel tube inside of the car. Deputies said the tube had a green leafy residue and was identified as an "extraction tube," which they said is a main component of a butane honey oil lab. They said they also smelled the odor of marijuana in the vehicle. During a search, they said they found multiple cases of butane and marijuana trimmings.

The deputies called in support from the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force (SINTF), who continued the investigation by going to the home of the two people who were in the vehicle, the 25-year-old driver Josiah Jacob Layoff, and his 37-year-old passenger, Caleb Benjamin Nesslage, both of Redding.

Agents said that while searching Nesslage's residence they located equipment used in the production and packaging of butane honey oil as well as ammunition. Nesslage is a convicted felon and is prohibited from the possession of ammunition.

The driver, Josiah Jacob Layoff, had a fixed blade knife concealed in his waistband, according to deputies. Possession of a concealed dirk or dagger was one charge officers made before taking the duo to the Shasta County Jail.

Other charges against both men were felonies for intent to manufacture a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a felony. Nesslage was also charged for possessing the ammunition, said the Sheriff's Office on Saturday.

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