FALLBROOK, Calif. – A man suspected of using potentially explosive materials to make a concentrated form of cannabis called honey oil was behind bars following his arrest in Fallbrook, a sheriff’s sergeant said.
Deputies were investigating complaints of drug-related activity at a house on the 2600 block of Secret Lake Lane around 10 a.m. Friday, when they pulled over Marc Lockwood, 37, of Fallbrook, according to Sgt. Joe Montion of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
“Lockwood, who lives at the residence, was pulled over near his home for unspecified vehicle code violations.” Montion said. “Inside Lockwood’s vehicle, deputies found marijuana-infused butter, known as ‘hash butter,’ and a small amount of marijuana.”
They found a marijuana growing operation inside three rooms, Montion said.
“Deputies also determined Lockwood was actively manufacturing ‘hash butter’ or ‘honey oil.’ This is a highly explosive and dangerous process akin to manufacturing methamphetamine,” Montion said.
The honey oil is made using propane or a butane to break down marijuana into a thick, concentrated liquid that is then smoked. Hash butter is made by heating marijuana and butter or some other fat together in a pan. The substance is then eaten.
Lockwood was booked in a Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation and manufacturing controlled substance, Moniton said. His bail is set at $55,000.
Explosions or fires caused by the manufacture of honey oil have been reported around Southern California in recent months, including one in West Hollywood that damaged the walls of an apartment and sent a man to the hospital with serious burns.