A man and woman were arrested after officials discovered an “extremely explosive” process for making concentrated cannabis appeared to be taking place in a San Jacinto home where a 4-year-old lived, a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department news release stated Sunday.
Jessica Desmond, 22, and 21-year-old Leroy Langford were detained Friday night when sheriff’s deputies conducted an enforcement stop for a vehicle code violation and found a half-pound of marijuana and $3,000 inside the Chevrolet pickup truck Desmond was driving.
Investigators then obtained a search warrant for a San Jacinto home where residents were allegedly cultivating, processing and packaging marijuana and concentrated cannabis, or “honey oil,” for sale.
“The extremely explosive honey oil-making process requires the use of butane gas to turn marijuana into a honey-like substance that can be easily vaporized,” the news release stated.
Honey oil labs have been known to blow up due to the presence of butane.
Sixteen ounces of concentrated cannabis, 12 mature marijuana plants and 30 pounds of processed marijuana and packaging material were seized from the residence.
A loaded firearm within “easy reach” of the 4-year-old was also located.
Desmond and Langford were arrested on suspicion of cultivating and processing of marijuana for sale, operating a concentrated cannabis extraction lab, possession of concentrated cannabis and felony child endangerment. They were booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility.
Langford was also charged with a probation violation.
Their relation to the child was unclear.
Anyone with information about the incident were asked to contact San Jacinto Police Department Officer James King at 951 654-2702.