Ventura County Sheriff's Department
An active large scale butane honey oil lab was found inside the Thousand Oaks home of Jan Schmidt, who was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of manufacturing concentrated cannabis.
Investigators have arrested a Thousand Oaks man accused of manufacturing concentrated cannabis known as "honey oil" after discovering an active large scale butane honey oil lab inside his home.
Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit arrested Jan Shmidt on Wednesday. Investigators served a search warrant after they found out he was allegedly supplying teenagers and young adults with the drug.
The extremely explosive honey oil-making process requires using butane gas to turn marijuana into a honey-like substance that can be easily vaporized and used with e-cigarettes.
In addition to finding the dangerous butane honey oil lab, which have been known to catch fire and explode, officials seized several hundred pounds of marijuana, hundreds of cans of butane, two points of honey oil and more than $60,000 in cash inside Shmidt’s home.
Shmidt was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.