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Butane Honey Oil Lab Investigation Leads to One Male Arrested

Post Date:07/25/2018 10:35 AM

Sgt. Dan Suttles, Media Contact
818-548-3140 (office)
818-484-1089 (cell)

Glendale, CA - On July 20, 2018 at approximately 3:00 pm, the Glendale Police Department Narcotics Division executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1400 Block of Randall Street in the City of Glendale.  Glendale detectives received information of a possible Butane Honey Oil (Concentrated Cannabis) Laboratory at the residence.

Upon arrival, detectives detained three occupants at the residence; 52 year old John Kelly, a 45 year old female and the 54 year old male homeowner.

A search of the residence was conducted with the assistance of the LA Impact Butane Honey Oil Lab Task Force. The search revealed 33 full butane cans, 15 empty butane cans, butane honey oil manufacturing equipment,  butane honey oil (finished product), paraphernalia indicative of selling drugs and over 200 grams of methamphetamine. 

Based on the investigation, Kelly was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale, in violation of 11378 H&S and Manufactured Concentrated Cannabis using a volatile solvent, in violation of 11362.3 (a)(6) H&S.

It was determined Kelly’s roommates were not involved in the sale or manufacturing of the drugs.

Kelly posted $75,000.00 bail and was released.

The case remains under investigation by detectives.

John Michael Kelly


Honey oil manufacturing labs in neighborhoods are extremely dangerous and can become deadly due to the extreme flammability of butane. The manufacturing of the substance can pose a significant danger to innocent bystanders and first responders.

**Butane Extraction (BHO Extraction) Definition - Butane extraction, sometimes referred to as butane hash oil extraction (BHO extraction), is a popular method of extracting the valuable compounds from the cannabis plant to essentially create a cannabis concentrate. The end result is known as butane hash oil (BHO), which is what is used to make up other forms of consumable cannabis concentrates, like shatter, wax, and honey oil.

Butane extraction is a form of hydrocarbon extraction, which is the process of using a hydrocarbon like butane or propane as the solvent to extract cannabis concentrates.

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