South Tahoe Drug Bust Nets 300 lbs Marijuana trimmings and Concentrated Cannabis
On 08-07-14, at approximately 0700 hours, SLEDNET agents served a search warrant at 3121 Fresno Avenue in South Lake Tahoe. The search yielded approximately 296 pounds of marijuana trimmings in large trash bags. The marijuana trimmings were being used to create concentrated cannabis oils via several methods including butane fuel extraction. Agents discovered 180 expended and 65 partially used butane fuel canisters all 300 ml in size. Agents seized 9 extraction tubes made of both glass and steel, which were used to process marijuana/hash oil. Agents also seized approximately 10 ounces of concentrated cannabis in various forms within the home during the search.
The primary resident of the home, Mr. Dwayne Crenshaw, was arrested and booked into El Dorado County Jail for possession of marijuana for sale and manufacturing of a controlled substance.
The extraction of THC from marijuana plant material utilizing a chemical catalyst such as butane fuel is a felony crime per California Health and Safety Code Section 11379.6. Butane hash or honey oil production, also known as BHO, is not protected under California’s compassionate use act (Prop 215). In addition to being illegal, BHO extraction is a highly volatile process. Butane fuel is colorless and odorless. Butane in a gaseous state is heavier than oxygen and collects close to the floor, especially in enclosed areas. When an ignition source such as a cigarette or pilot light comes into contact with the butane, an explosion will occur. The size and damage of the explosion are dependent upon the amount of gas present, but can cause serious injuries and death. Numerous BHO related explosions have occurred throughout California in recent years including one in South Lake Tahoe in 2013.
SLEDNET is an acronym for the South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team. This is a specialized multiagency investigative unit which is supervised through the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement. This task force functions with participation from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, the Alpine County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and California DOJ. SLEDNET investigates illicit drug related offenses throughout the south shore area of Lake Tahoe.
Over several years, the number of investigators and participating agencies has varied somewhat. Nevertheless, the core agencies of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado Sheriff’s Department, and California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement have always been present.
Task Force Staff
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department typically assigns two to three detectives to this task force.
Prior to obtaining this assignment, our officers must demonstrate a highly proactive stance toward enforcement of drug offenses, coordination with other officers and agencies, and a flair for investigative procedures, documentation, and courtroom testimony.
See more here: http://slednettaskforce.com/