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3 arrested in Riverside drug lab raid

Published On: 03-31-2017 in Category: addiction, drug bust, marijuana

Police discovered a marijuana oil extraction laboratory on the premises of a Riverside commercial establishment, seizing more than $200,000 worth of concentrated oil and arresting three persons, authorities said. Investigating authorities in early March 2017, reached the building premises along the 1600 block of Chicago Avenue to raid the clandestine lab where highly inflammable butane was being used to extract tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil from marijuana plants. Additionally, authorities also confiscated 730 marijuana plants weighing more than 532 pounds, hidden in three separate growing rooms, and seized approximately 2,700 grams of THC oil that were estimated at $189,000.

Adding to the list of seizures, about 400 bottles of cannabis tincture worth about $20,000 were hauled by the investigating team. Cannabis tincture is a drinkable substance that comprises multiple over-the-counter liquid products combined with marijuana and hashish.

Law enforcement authorities arrested 31-year-old William Paul Daily of Chino, 23-year-old Matthew Stephen of Santa Ana and 23-year-old Nicholas David Palumbo of Littleton on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance. The bail amount of these three individuals is set at $50,000 each.

THC in marijuana is dangerous

Marijuana is boiled in butane to extract THC, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects, which is used to manufacture honey oil. The soft, sticky, honey-like end product is also known as hash oil and can be smoked or inhaled using a vaporizer to experience a euphoric effect. This could result in a possible illicit drug manufacturing racket. If wrongly done, the process to manufacture honey oil could pose a major threat to human lives and the surrounding areas, as the chemicals and apparatus might explode and end up producing unpredictable fireballs.

The stimulatory effects of THC make marijuana a popular drug in the United States. THC is known to stimulate the cells in the brain to cause a dopamine rush, which produces pleasurable sensations at a heavy cost. This euphoria-producing chemical has several short-term and long-term negative effects on the brain. It interferes with how information is processed in the brain by inducing hallucinations, changes in thinking patterns and causing delusions. The effects of the drug set in usually after 10 to 30 minutes of ingesting and last about two hours, but psychomotor impairment may continue ever after the perceived high has faded away. Apart from permanent paranoia and anxiety, long-term users of THC exhibit increased dependence and tolerance.

“Dabbing” is the name given to smoking honey oil and THC-rich resins extracted from marijuana. These oily extracts contain huge amounts of THC. A higher level of THC poses a higher risk for addiction and overdosing-related visits to the emergency room. Experts inside and outside California’s growing pot industry fear that dabbing is the latest marijuana craze that is triggering new highs causing new dangers.

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