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Santa Barbara man arrested for Butane Honey Oil lab

A Santa Barbara man was arrested after Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s special investigators served a drug related search warrant at a residence located at 5600 West Camino Cielo in Santa Barbara County.

At around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12 investigators secured the residence and detained six people.

According to a press release form Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, investigators located a Butane Honey Oil (BHO) lab assembled and packed with marijuana to extract in a shed.

The press release also stated that investigators found multiple marijuana plants, more than 19 pounds of processed marijuana, over 11 ounces of psilocybin (mushrooms), more than 14 ounces of honey oil/wax, over 943 pounds of marijuana shake used for the BHO lab and prescription medication prescribed to a person who was deceased.

Assistance was requested from the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force due to the complexity and high risk of danger associated with these labs.

The lab was safely dismantled and the items contained were removed by a qualified hazardous material contractor.

Brennan Prowell, 36, of Santa Barbara was arrested and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail. Prowell was one of the six people originally detained.

Prowell faces possible charges of manufacturing of a controlled substance, cultivation of Marijuana, possession for sale of psilocybin mushrooms, possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance and possession of prescription medication without a prescription.

The sheriff’s department said that this particular lab was not only a threat to the immediate neighborhood but also the entire county of Santa Barbara due to the extremely dry conditions.

Labs often catch fire or explode when the liquid butane vaporizes and is ignited.

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