July 13–Eight people were detained Friday by a local DEA Narcotics Task Force during a series of raids at locations across San Diego County, authorities said.
One of the search warrants served Friday targeted a business park on Ruffin Road in Kearny Mesa, where a San Diego County hazmat team arrived around 4 p.m. “to assist with a possible butane hash oil extraction laboratory,” DEA spokeswoman Kameron D. Korte said.
Butane, which can be used to extract THC from marijuana to create marijuana edibles, is “extremely hazardous and flammable,” Korte said.
“Hazmat is on scene to ensure the safety of the scene as DEA continues our investigation,” Korte said.
Footage from the Ruffin Road business park showed task force officers and agents removing large black trash bags from a third-floor business. It appeared that many of the bags were filled with cannabis plants.
The DEA Narcotics Task Force used “specialized units from multiple local law enforcement agencies” to help serve the “multiple state search warrants,” Korte said.
Eight people were detained in the raids Friday, but it was not immediately clear how many of those people would be arrested, Korte said.
Law enforcement officers and the county hazmat team were still at the Ruffin Road business park as of 5 p.m. Korte declined to release more information citing the ongoing investigation.
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