News Story

 

Butane Honey Oil Lab Investigation in Newbury Park
3/18/2015 7:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Butane Honey Oil Lab Investigation in Newbury Park

Report Number:

15-6157

Location:

700 block of Rudman, Newbury Park

Date & Time:

March 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

(S) Mitch Keatley

(S) Nicholas Fenzke

(S) Sebastian Krehbiel

Newbury Park

Newbury Park

Newbury Park

 

32

23

23

 

 

Narrative:

 

Synopsis: On March 18, 2015, the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU) completed an investigation into Mitch Keatley selling concentrated cannabis in Newbury Park. A butane honey oil lab was discovered at his residence.

 

Investigation: During the month of March, 2015, detectives from the PCU learned Mitch Keatley was dealing marijuana and concentrated cannabis in the City of Thousand Oaks.  Concentrated cannabis is also known as wax, BHO, or shatter. Keatley, and his passenger, Nicholas Fenze, were arrested on March 18, 2015, while they were driving to Thousand Oaks to deliver marijuana.  A search warrant was served at Keatley's residence in the 700 block of Rudman, in Newbury Park. The residence is in close proximity to a school. About eighty marijuana plants, several pounds of processed marijuana, an active butane honey oil lab, and several thousand dollars in cash, was discovered at the house. The residence was evacuated and eventually secured by officers from LA IMPACT, an interagency task force of Los Angeles City and County police officers who specialize in clandestine lab investigations. The lab created a dangerous condition for the residents as well as for the entire neighborhood. Butane honey oil labs frequently blow up and have caused injury and death.

 

Keatley was booked into the Ventura County Jail for a multitude of charges including manufacturing drugs. He is currently in custody with a bail of $300,000.

 

Fenzke was booked into the Ventura County Jail for conspiracy to sell marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale.  He is currently in custody with a bail of $20,000.

 

Krehbiel was booked into the Ventura County Jail for maintaining a place where drugs are used or sold. He bailed out of custody.

 

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office East County Street Team assisted on the investigation.

 

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force comprised of members from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Simi Valley Police Department, the District Attorney's Office Bureau of Investigation, and the California Highway Patrol.  Their primary mission is combating the transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal market.  In addition, the task force works to identify and stop new trends of abuse among the younger population and investigates overdose deaths due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use.  Anyone with information regarding these topics is encouraged to contact the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit at (805) 383-8700 or via e-mail at pharm.tip@ventura.org.

 

 

Prepared by:

Sergeant Victor Fazio

 

News Release Date:

March 19, 2014

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Victor Fazio

(805) 856-8793

 

 

Approved by:

Captain Curt Rothschiller

 

 







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