Police seize 296 pounds of pot from South Lake Tahoe home
August 11, 2014
A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested Thursday morning when authorities served a search warrant at his Fresno Avenue home and discovered approximately 296 pounds of marijuana trimmings.
Dwayne Allan Crenshaw, 36, the primary resident at 3121 Fresno Avenue, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and manufacture of a controlled substance.
Crenshaw was later released on bail, according to county jail records.
Law enforcement agents with the South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team searched the house at about 7 a.m.
The marijuana trimmings were being used to create concentrated cannabis oils through several methods, including butane fuel extraction, according to a press release by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.
Agents found 180 expended and 65 partially-used butane fuel canisters. They seized nine extraction tubes and about 10 ounces of concentrated cannabis in addition to the marijuana trimmings.
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Extraction of THC from marijuana plant material using a chemical catalyst such as butane is a felony crime under California law, and is also a volatile process that can result in serious explosions, the sheriff's office said.