Three men were arrested in Brentwood earlier this month for allegedly growing more than $200,000 worth of marijuana and butane hash oil, an increasingly prevalent type of illegal drug operation throughout the Bay Area, police said Thursday. Around 6:40 p.m. on Oct. 18, detectives investigated reports of a possible marijuana grow and hash oil operation at a residence in the 4000 block of Roosevelt Drive, according to police.
Police said detectives served a search warrant and found about 70 pounds of marijuana being prepared for sale, roughly 2.5 ounces of hash oil and equipment linked to pot cultivation and hash oil production. The marijuana recovered had an estimated street value of $210,000 and the hash oil was valued at about $1,500, according to police. Officers detained three men at the scene, identified as Dalton Clark, 28, and John Jordeson, 25, both of Brentwood, and 35-year-old Oakley resident Jose Encarnacio, according to police.
All three were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana for sale and taken to county jail in Martinez, police said. Police said butane hash oil production appears to be a growing trend among those with large amounts of marijuana and is linked to commercial burglary and theft of large quantities of butane needed to make the oil. The volatile nature of the butane hash oil production process also poses a threat to the community, police said.
Hash oil explosions have been reported throughout the Bay Area in recent months, inflicting severe burns on those in the process of manufacturing the oil, police said. In the span of the last month and a half in Santa Cruz, four men and two dogs were badly burned in two separate hash oil explosions, according to authorities. Three of the men suffered life-threatening injuries. In 2011, a 35-year-old man was killed in a hash oil explosion while he and his roommates were manufacturing the oil in their Livermore apartment.
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