Encino - Raid of Drug Lab Prompts Hazardous Material Response
6/4/2014 8:00:00 AM
Nature of Incident:
Butane Honey Oil Lab Arrest
15800 block of Magnolia Boulevard, Encino
Date & Time:
June 4, 2014
Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent
City of Residence
(S) Jan Shmidt
The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit arrested Jan Shmidt on June 4, 2014,
for manufacturing concentrated cannabis. Investigators served a search warrant at Shmidt's home after they learned he was supplying Thousand Oaks teenagers and young adults with a form of concentrated cannabis known as honey oil or wax.
Upon service of the search warrant, investigators discovered Shmidt had an active large scale butane honey oil lab. Butane honey oil labs are extremely dangerous and often times catch fire and explode.
Shmidt had three industrial ovens operating when investigators entered the residence. He was actively converting marijuana material into a concentrated form of the plant through the use of butane. The stove, with open flames, was also on in the residence, creating an extremely hazardous and volatile situation for the neighborhood. Shmidt, as well as other individuals, in the residence were escorted away from the residence. The scene was immediately rendered safe through the assistance of the Los Angeles City Fire Department, Los Angeles City Department of Water and Power, a hazardous materials response team, and a law enforcement drug lab task force from LA IMPACT (The Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force).
Among the items seized from the residence were several hundred pounds of marijuana, approximately two pounds of honey oil / wax, hundreds of cans of butane, over $60,000 in cash, and a sophisticated surveillance system.
Investigators from LA IMPACT and support personnel from the city and county of Los Angeles spent over fifteen hours processing the scene and removing hazardous materials.
Shmidt was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail. He is in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail.
The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force comprised of members of law enforcement from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Simi Valley Police Department, the District Attorney's Office Bureau of Investigation, and the California Highway Patrol. The task force's main mission is combatting the transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal market. A secondary, an equally important mission, is the identification and stopping of new trends of abuse among the county's younger population set.
Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date:
June 4, 2014
Detective Eric Arteaga
Captain Curt Rothschiller