On 6/13/13 at about 9:20 A.M., the Butte County Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant on Spur Court in south Oroville. Investigators discovered one subject, Kelley Lawrence Trousdale, age 34 from Aptos, California, at the property. Trousdale was detained without incident.
During a search of the property, Detectives discovered components of a butane honey oil lab to include 277 empty butane cans, 120 unused butane cans, 34 used extraction tubes, 5 unused extraction tubes, glass dishes containing butane honey oil residue, processed marijuana bud, marijuana shake and a substantial amount of finished butane honey oil. Also located on the property were 92 outdoor growing marijuana plants and shotgun ammunition.
This is one of the largest butane honey oil labs the Butte County Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Unit has located with finished butane honey oil. It was apparent this amount of butane honey oil was beyond personal use and was meant to be sold for profit as was the marijuana based on evidence located at the scene. Several dozen glass vials with screw tops were discovered, consistent with the packaging of butane honey oil.
The manufacturing of butane honey oil is a felony and is not covered under California's Proposition 215 due to its volatile nature. Butane has a flash point of -76 degrees Fahrenheit and a boiling point of 31 degrees Fahrenheit. The manufacturing of butane honey oil has been responsible for several explosions and fires within Butte County and has caused deaths and severe burns to the manufacturers of butane honey oil. During this dry fire season, it is especially dangerous since explosions and fires from butane honey oil labs can affect nearby residences and communities through wild land fires.
Attached are some photographs taken from the residence.