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2 people arrested after discovery of butane honey oil lab in Chico

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Butane Honey Oil Lab Bust

CHICO, Calif. - Two people were taken into custody on Thursday after officers located a butane honey oil lab and methamphetamine during the service of a search warrant in Chico.

During the early morning hours of Dec. 1, agents from the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) served a search warrant at 997 East Avenue and 2961 Highway 32 in Chico.

When agents arrived at the 997 East Avenue location to serve the search warrant, the agents conducted a "knock and notice" advertisement prior to entering the apartment. After ample time had passed and no response was received from the occupants, agents attempted to breach the locked door.

Authorities say that the door was initially resistant to the breaching efforts, but the agents were ultimately able to force the door open. It was later determined that the door had been crudely but effectively fortified.

Once inside of the apartment, agents detained 52-year-old Johnny Doremus and 40-year-old Jennifer Castro.

During their search of the residence, agents were able to locate evidence indicating the presence of a completed butane hash/honey oil lab, which consisted of extraction tubes, filters, and butane canisters. In addition, marijuana, finished hash oil products, methamphetamine, packing materials, and a digital scale were also found.

With assistance from members of the Special Enforcement Unit of the Butte County Sheriff's Office, BINTF agents serviced the second search warrant at 2961 Highway 32 at a specific unit.

Once inside the unit, authorities say that agents located a commercial marijuana grow and processing operation inside of the unit, in violation of state law. The marijuana plants were eradicated and the processed marijuana was removed by SEU personnel.

Due to the hazardous conditions within the unit, Butte County Code Enforcement was contacted. There were no subjects found inside the unit.

Doremus was taken into custody and booked into the Butte County Jail on $155,000 bail. Doremus is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine for sale, fortifying a structure to suppress police, and ammunition possessed by a prohibited person.

Castro was taken into custody and booked into the Butte County Jail on $140,000 bail. Castro is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine for sale, and fortifying a structure to suppress police.

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