SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested Thursday morning when authorities served a search warrant at his Fresno Avenue home and discovered approximately 296 pounds of marijuana trimmings.
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Dwayne Allan Crenshaw, 36, the primary resident at 3121 Fresno Ave., was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and manufacture of a controlled substance.
Crenshaw was later released on bail, according to county jail records.
Law enforcement agents with the South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team searched the house at about 7 a.m.
The marijuana trimmings were being used to create concentrated cannabis oils through several methods, including butane fuel extraction, according to a press release by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.
Agents found 180 expended and 65 partially-used butane fuel canisters. They seized nine extraction tubes and about 10 ounces of concentrated cannabis in addition to the marijuana trimmings.
Extraction of THC from marijuana plant material using a chemical catalyst such as butane is a felony crime under California law, and is also a volatile process that can result in serious explosions, the Sheriff’s Office said.