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Rene Vargas Arrested After Alleged Honey Oil Lab, Marijuana Found at His Home in Gilroy



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A man was arrested in Gilroy on Tuesday when a clandestine honey oil lab was found in his home where he lives with his infant son, police said Friday. Fire crews responded to a report of a strong odor of gas in the area of Fourth and Rosanna streets around 5:20 p.m., police Sgt. Pedro Espinoza said. The smell appeared to be coming from a home in the 7600 block of Rosanna Street and crews entered the home where they found a clandestine lab, Espinoza said.
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The Police Department’s anti-crime team was called to the scene and served a search warrant for the home, which was used as a butane honey oil and concentrated cannabis extraction lab, he said. Lab equipment was found close to a children’s play area, police said. Cannabis with a street value of about $21,600 was discovered at the residence, Espinoza said.

An investigation determined 31-year-old Rene Vargas lived at the home with his wife, 11-month-old son and 59-year-old father, police said. Vargas was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and concentrated cannabis for sales and child endangerment, police said. Butane gas cans, pressured cooking devices, mechanical pumps and pure alcohol were among other items found in the home, he said.

Members of the Santa Clara County Special Enforcement Team and agents from the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Task Force responded to the home to assist in disassembling and seizing lap equipment, Espinoza said.

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