On December 13th, 2018, Lodi Police Detectives assisted Lodi Code Enforcement Officers and the Lodi Fire Marshal in conducting a building inspection in the 1000 block of Black Diamond Way in the City of Lodi. The business, Fly-N-High LLC (which listed itself as a clothing and accessories storage location), had an expired building permit and there had been several complaints of a marijuana smell emitting from the business.
Two individuals, Heather Keyes (30) and Mitchell Rodriguez (32), of Sacramento, were contacted at the business and would not allow Code Enforcement entry. While on scene Detectives noticed evidence of a working butane hash/honey oil lab in plain view. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the business and a full scale butane hash/honey oil lab was found inside the building.
In addition to Keyes and Rodriguez, 9 other subjects were found at the lab, all claiming to be employees of the business. All 11 subjects were arrested for 11379.6 HS, manufacturing a controlled substance, and booked into the Lodi City Jail.
Due to this being a fully operational butane hash/honey oil lab, the San Joaquin County Metro Narcotics Task Force Team responded to assist with the investigation. In all, over 6000 pounds of marijuana (stored in large garbage bags and plastic bins), over 300 pounds of hash/honey oil (found in various forms of packaging), and various types of lab equipment were located at the business.
In addition several illegal firearms and a large amount of cash were seized as a result of the investigation that continued through the weekend. This remains an active investigation and more charges are forthcoming.
This was the second BHO Lab that LPD had dealt with this past week. On 12/12/18 Lodi Fire and Lodi PD responded to a residence in the 300 block of E Pine Street for a report of an explosion and fire at the residence. It was determined the explosion and fire were a result of a butane hash/honey oil lab that had exploded. Luckily no one at the residence, which included two young children, were harmed.
A 32-year-old male was arrested for arson, child endangerment and manufacturing a controlled substance in that case. At this time the two labs do not appear to be related.
LPD is asking anyone with information regarding butane hash/honey oil labs to contact LPD at 209-333-6734. You may also contact the Lodi Area Crime Stoppers at 209-369-2746 to remain anonymous.