Law enforcement shuts down butane lab, seizes illegal rifles
REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force (SINTF) agents closed down a Butane lab and seized illegal guns in a raid on Saturday.
According to officials, agents served a search warrant at a home on the 2700 block of Keswick Dam Road because Jonathan Marshall of Sonoma County was suspected of manufacturing Butane Honey Oil at the location.
Once inside, SINTF agents located an elaborate hydroponics indoor marijuana grow covering the entire basement area of the residence. They also reported finding numerous bags of ground marijuana inside the house, and in storage coolers on the patio.
According to officials, one of the bedrooms in the residence had machining equipment to manufacture AR-15 style rifles. 1 complete nonserialized rifle as well as 3 others in various stages of manufacturing, thousands of rounds of ammunition and over a dozen 30 round magazines were recovered.
Outside the residence in the rear yard, agents located a complex commercial grade "Closed Loop" Butane Honey Oil extraction system. The system was fully functional and "mid-stage of processing" Butane Honey Oil. Over 1-pound Honey Oil was recovered from the system as well as from inside the house. The lab took almost five hours to safely disassemble and transport from the scene.
Agents reported that Marshall's whereabouts are unknown and a complaint for manufacturing a controlled substance by chemical extraction will be filed with the Shasta County District Attorney's Office.