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UPDATED: 3 arrested at Canyon Country ‘honey oil’ lab in home

Posted: June 18, 2014 10:46 a.m.
Updated: June 18, 2014 4:16 p.m.

A woman and two men have been arrested on suspicion of manufacturing “honey oil” — a potent form of hash oil — at a Canyon Country residence, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station official said Wednesday.

Deputies dismantled the lab in the Rainbow Glen area following the arrest around 4 a.m. Tuesday, Deputy Josh Dubin said. Manufacturing “honey oil” involves concentrating the drug THC into a viscous mass by using butane to heat parts of the cannabis plant.

The process can be dangerous because it can explode.

Deputies on patrol in Canyon Country discovered an illegal marijuana growing operation in the 26800 block of Isabella Parkway, south of Golden Triangle Road, and the “honey oil” lab along with it, Dubin said.

“Three people were arrested at their home,” he said, noting the arrests were made without incident.

“I talked to the narcotics detectives this morning (Wednesday), and they’re still on the case,” Dubin said.

Arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance were 25-year-old Redmond Thomas Walley, 28-year-old Mashawn Laurentia Clarke and 29-year-old Adrian Phillip Walley, all living at the Isabella Parkway residence.

Both Walley men are electricians, and the woman works in clothing sales, according to their arrest reports.

Each of the suspects is being held in custody at the local Sheriff’s Station jail with bail set at $75,000.

Tuesday’s discovery marks the second time in less than a month that detectives have come across a local honey oil lab.

On May 24, about 6 p.m., deputies om the Summer Violent Crime Enforcement Program stopped a vehicle for routine traffic violations.

When they spoke to the driver, they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, Sgt. Michael Konecny said in a news release issued at the time of the arrest.

In the trunk deputies found all the makings of a honey oil operation, Konecny said,

Detectives seized hundreds of cans of butane, laboratory style glassware, a scale, a portable stove and an undisclosed amount of finished product.

The suspect, a 20-year-old Castaic resident, was booked for various narcotics-related crimes, all of them felonies, including possessing, manufacturing and transporting concentrated cannabis.
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