Honey Oil Manufacturing Arrests in Florida
South Florida law enforcement officers have been very busy, along with South Florida firefighting departments, because of “honey oil” production. Honey oil or butane honey oil “BHO” is a concentrated improvised form of Hash Oil. Hash oil, including honey oil, is derived from marijuana, also known as cannabis. Honey oil is a concentrated form of tetrahydrocannadin “THC” or the active ingredient found in marijuana. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana that provides the user with the “high” after consumption. Honey oil production is a specific type of hash oil that is produced through the use of Butane. Butane is a very flammable and explosive ingredient used in honey oil production. Butane is being suspected by many Law Enforcement Officers as the cause of many recent fires and explosions throughout South Florida communities.
Honey oil production uses butane, when the oil maker fills the “extractor tube,” typically a 1’ long piece of PVC with capped ends, with the explosive ingredient to extract the resin from the marijuana that is also packed inside of the tube. The finished appearance of the extractor tube, where production of honey oil takes place, looks much like a pipe bomb. The butane extracts the resin from the marijuana, with the resin being very high in “THC” and collects at the bottom of the tube. The collection of resin is opposite the location where the butane was pumped in through a hole in the top cap of the extractor tube. The resin is then removed from the extractor tube and heated to evaporate away the remaining butane to purify the honey oil. This is the finished product that can be smoked through a pipe or even with an E-Cigarette device.
Because the process is using butane, a very flammable and explosive gas, the hazards of fires and explosions caused by honey oil makers, have recently rocked Martin County, Florida and the entire South Florida region. Recent explosions have led to dangerous fires and recent arrest throughout many different South Florida communities. Because of the recent hash oil lab explosions and fires, law enforcement officers are on “high” alert for honey oil labs.
Law enforcement officers investigation the labs, will likely have a warrant to search the premises, where they have probable cause to believe hash oil is being manufactured in a lab. If law enforcement officials have a valid search warrant, they will come into the premises or onto the property and search for evidence that shows the production of hash oil. The main piece of evidence or material that law enforcement officials will search for is marijuana. Law enforcement officials will also look for and type of tubing that makes up the extractor tube. They will also look for butane or other solvents that are used to extract the “THC’ from the marijuana to produce the hash oil. Further, law enforcement officials will search for containers that the hash oil will be stored in like: tubes, glass vials, jars and plastic containers. Lastly, law enforcement officials will sometimes take air samples of the home to determine the level of solvents in the location of where the suspected hash oil is being manufactured. These samples help determine as evidence the levels of gases, like butane and other solvents, present in the ambient air.
If law enforcement officials find the above listed materials, then everyone in the home at the time of the search will be arrested. It is also important to know that those living or frequenting the home that have knowledge of the honey oil lab will too be arrested and charged with felony manufacturing of a controlled substance. Such drug charges carry minimum mandatory sentences, and because of the high level of felony they score, the accused honey oil producers face Florida State Prison time if convicted.
Under Florida law, the manufacturing of hash oil is illegal and punishable as a felony. The most common criminal charge that stems from hash oil production is found under Florida general statutes 893.13. The applicable law simply reads that: it is illegal for any person to sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver, a controlled substance. Cannabis or marijuana is a controlled substance in Florida. A person who violates the provisions 893.13 with respect to marijuana and hash oil labs face harsh prison sentences.
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