Grass Valley, CA — Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force served a warrant Sunday afternoon at a residence located on Dog Bar Road, locating what was described as the largest scale butane honey oil (“BHO”) lab ever found in Nevada County. Arrested at the scene were Grass Valley residents William Carter Jack, age 39, and Brian Dumas Volkagen, age 58.
According to Sergeant Benny Drill, who led the search, the Task Force was alerted to the BHO lab through a note from an anonymous tipster left on the front desk of the Sheriff’s office. The note described in great detail the operations of the lab and the extensive actions taken by its operators to hide it from the authorities and residents in the Alta Sierra community where it was located. According to Sergeant Drill, the lab was disguised as a typical beekeeping operation, with large hive boxes and bee processing equipment placed around the property as a cover for the illegal operations.
Sergeant Drill explained that the note had urged great caution, because the hives containing the BHO were protected by surveillance drones that could be quite dangerous to officers during the raid. The Sheriff had directed that the Sheriff’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (“MRAP”) be used in the search to protect officers from the possible deployment of overhead missiles shot from the drones.
Dragged out in handcuffs and still wearing their beekeeping suits, Jack and Volkagen appeared in shock, proclaiming their innocence and exclaiming, “What is wrong with you guys? It’s bee honey oil, not butane honey oil! We don’t have any drones other than those protecting the queens in the hives, and the equipment you see is just boiling down the honey!”