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Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2017 9:35 am

A Twin Peaks man and two other suspects were arrested July 22 when they were discovered allegedly operating a Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) extraction lab and engaging in sales of concentrated cannabis/marijuana.

Personnel from the San Bernardino County Fire District and HAZMAT responded to the scene because of the potential for an explosion or fire.

Discovery of the lab occurred by chance. Deputy K. Bush from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Twin Peaks Station went to a residence in the 890 block of Strawberry Peak Lane in Twin Peaks to serve a felony arrest warrant for a fugitive. Upon arrival, he noticed items that were consistent with a THC extraction lab.

THC is the main active ingredient in marijuana that causes the “high” when using the drug. Extraction of THC is extremely dangerous. It has a high potential for explosion and fire, due to the use of large amounts of flammable chemicals during the process.

Deputy Bush opted not to attempt contact at that time. Instead, he requested assistance from the sheriff’s department Gangs/Narcotics Division.

The sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team and Clandestine Lab Team served a search warrant at the residence, where investigators found evidence of a THC extraction operation.

Three suspects were inside the residence at the time: Ryan Michael Parker, 30, a resident of Twin Peaks; Chad Robert Freed, 30, of San Bernardino; and Jose Guadalupe Mata, 23, of Rialto. They were arrested at 1:30 p.m.

Investigators reportedly found evidence to suggest that the manufacture of concentrated cannabis, referred to as Wax, Shatter, Dabs or (Butane) Honey Oil, was occurring at the residence. The illegal operation was capable of making several pounds of product.

Concentrated cannabis can sell for much more than marijuana itself. Some marijuana users prefer using the concentrated by-product over the straightforward method of smoking marijuana (bud) because of the higher concentration of THC levels produced. The effects are much stronger than the traditional method of smoking the plant material, according to the sheriff’s press release.

The concentrated cannabis products are commonly made by extracting THC from the marijuana plant or plant material. The dangerous THC extraction process was occurring in a confined residential area with several homes on the street. An explosion or fire would have had a devastating effect on the forest and other homes in the area. This chemical process is illegal and is a violation of California’s Health and Safety Code.

The investigation is ongoing. It will be sent to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for review of criminal charges against the suspects.

Parker was booked at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino for charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and for an outstanding felony drug warrant from Riverside County. His total bail was set at $700,000; however, records reflect that Parker was released July 24.

Freed and Mata were also booked for charges of sales of concentrated cannabis/marijuana. They were cited and released July 22 at 9:30 p.m. Sheriff’s records show that no court appearance has been scheduled.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909) 387-8400. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463). Callers also may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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