On Wednesday June 8, 2016, a sizeable team made up of Arizona Department of Public Safety (ADPS) criminalists, detectives, and troopers served a search warrant on a Payson residence. In addition, personnel from the ADPS Crime Scene Response (CSR) team, Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) team, Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, Payson Fire Department and the Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) were present to help dismantle the large hash oil lab.
Authorities worked together and served a potentially deadly search warrant at the Payson residence and ultimately dismantled an intricate clandestine hash oil laboratory.
On June, 7, a state trooper stopped a car for a civil speed violation southbound along State Route 87 at milepost 182. The trooper observed criminal indicators which led to a search of the car and the ultimate discovery of five pounds of marijuana and more than $3,000.
On June 8, and due to evidence seized during the traffic stop one day earlier, authorities served the search warrant at 501 N. Marantha Road in Payson. The specialty teams confirmed the presence of a dangerous hash oil laboratory and dismantled it. This included the ADEQ responding to dispose various chemicals.
Detectives seized 24 rifles/shotguns, 10 handguns, 19 pounds of THC wax with an estimated street value of $510,000, 130 pounds of marijuana, one gram of cocaine, two quarts of processed hash oil, $5,025 in cash, 18.5 gallons of precursor chemicals mixed and ready to process hash oil, 70 gallons of ethanol, 2.5 gallons of isopropyl alcohol, an extensive amount of laboratory glassware and laboratory equipment.
Long form charging is forthcoming on a 27-year-old man pending completion of the investigation.
Captain Jennifer Pinnow of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division said, “We continue to see an increase in hash oil and wax manufacturing in Arizona. Some think this crime is harmless and victimless, but it presents real dangers to our communities, the environment and families. If anyone suspects a hash oil lab is in their community, they are urged to contact their local law enforcement. Indicators include the odor of marijuana mixed with a chemical smell.”
Learn more about the dangers of hash oil clandestine laboratories: https://www.policeone.com/drug-interdiction-narcotics/articles/7639702-Butane-Hash-Oil-BHO-An-explosive-threat-to-officers/