Pot farm, hash oil lab discovered in East County



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EL CAJON, Calif. -- A 29-year-old man was arrested Thursday after a marijuana-growing and hash-oil-extraction operation was found at a property in an unincorporated area near El Cajon.

A deputy was patrolling in the 1200 block of Harbison Canyon Road about 1:15 p.m. Thursday when he noticed an extension cord leading to the parcel and recognized portable drying rooms and greenhouses, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

He viewed the property from a nearby location and saw a large greenhouse with marijuana plants growing inside and other plants growing outside a recreational vehicle, officials said, adding that there were no houses on the property.

The homeowner arrived as the deputy awaited narcotics detectives and identified himself as William Cody Leck, who admitted to growing marijuana on the lot and having equipment used to extract concentrated oil from marijuana using explosive butane gas, the sheriff's department reported.

“Leck consented to a search of the property and the Narcotics Task Force detectives took over the investigation,” according to a department statement.

Found on the property were 60 marijuana plants, just over 98 pounds of dried marijuana “and a complete butane honey oil lab including six cases of unused butane," officials said.

Leck was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing butane honey oil, cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale, according to the sheriff's department.

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