On March 26th, 2019

Madera County Sheriff's Office Busts Illegal Drug Operation California DOJ criminalists dismantle hazardous butane honey oil lab

CHOWCHILLA -On March 21, 2019, The Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET) wrapped up an investigation involving the sales of cocaine within the city of Chowchilla.  During the investigation, law enforcement officers arrested Fredicender Castrejon, of Chowchilla, and Manuel Yanez, of Vacaville.

In addition to the arrests, MADNET seized two kilograms of cocaine, firearms, and evidence of an active Butane Honey Oil (BHO) lab. California Department of Justice criminalists assisted in the dismantling of the lab.

“Much care must be taken when rendering a butane honey oil lab safe and disposing of the hazardous chemicals,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.  “The risk of explosion and fire is high.  I am thankful for our criminalists at California DOJ who assist local law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve with dismantling these labs and disposing of the toxic chemicals left behind.”

Castrejon and Yanez were booked on multiple weapon and narcotic related charges.

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