A 38-year-old man suspected of operating a honey oil lab that posed a public safety threat to an Eastvale neighborhood was released from jail Thursday after posting a $50,000 bond.
Ronald Brett Lilly was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of manufacturing illegal substances and possession of marijuana for sale. Lilly was let out of the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside Thursday morning.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Art Mendez, the suspect came under investigation earlier this month for drug-related activity following an anonymous tip, and on Wednesday morning, deputies served a search warrant at his residence in the 12000 block of Norwegian Street, just west of Hamner Avenue.
Mendez said deputies discovered a “a highly explosive butane honey oil extraction laboratory” inside the home.
“The laboratory needed to be de-pressurized and safely dismantled by specially trained personnel,” the sergeant said. “Also located in the residence were hazardous chemicals, several pounds of marijuana, a handgun and several thousand dollars in cash.”
No evacuations were ordered during removal of the lab components.
Lilly was taken into custody without incident. Background information on the suspect was not available.
Honey oil, also known as “wax” or “hash,” is a liquefied marijuana derivative. Drug lab operators use butane stoves to extract tincture from cannabis plants that can be mixed with anything and bottled.
Numerous explosions and fires have occurred throughout the Inland Empire as a result of home-based honey oil manufacturing. Incidents became so rampant that the District Attorney’s Office in 2017 released a series of public service announcements, warning of the dangers and consequences of making honey oil.
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