Equipment used in commercial butane hash oil production. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office
Equipment used in commercial butane hash oil production. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

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Butane extraction lab, 300 pounds of marijuana found in El Dorado County home

By Benjy Egel

begel@sacbee.com

December 07, 2017 09:31 AM

A narcotics investigation in El Dorado County on Wednesday turned up commercial equipment used to produce a highly concentrated cannabis oil.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office detectives found multiple commercial vacuum ovens, a closed-loop butane oil extraction system, several five-gallon cylinders of butane and a commercial decanter in a house in the 5000 block of Monte Vista Way in Camino, according to a department news release.

Camino resident Joshua Martin, 43, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a crime. He remains in El Dorado County Jail in Placerville on $1.01 million bail.

Detectives also found approximately 300 pounds of marijuana and four guns, as well as nearly $14,000 in cash and $10,000 in silver. A hazmat team was called in to assist in the investigation due to the possibility of corrosive chemicals being used in the manufacturing process.

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Butane can be used to strip cannabinoids from marijuana trimmings into a thick hash oil often called “wax” or “shatter.”

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel