LEMOORE — Police said the Kings County Narcotic Task Force discovered a fully functional butane honey oil lab and an out-of-compliance marijuana grow in a residential neighborhood in Lemoore Wednesday.

On Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., the task force discovered the lab at 39 Acacia Drive.

Police said investigators discovered and seized butane honey oil lab equipment, multiple cases of butane canisters, 14 grams of concentrated cannabis as well as 68 mature and 145 immature marijuana plants.

Ruben Donez Jr. was arrested and booked on suspicion of drug charges. Donez was booked into Kings County Jail with his bail set at $500,000.

Honey oil, also known as hash oil, is a concentrated form of cannabis made using highly flammable butane as a solvent to extract the psychoactive chemical from a marijuana plant.

In 2016, a honey oil explosion at a Lemoore Travelodge severely injured four people, causing significant property damage.

On Jan. 17, 2016, Lemoore police and firefighters were called to a report of an explosion at the Travelodge Lemoore, located in the 800 block of East D Street. 

Police found evidence of a butane honey oil lab in the affected room. The blast blew the door off its hinges, shattered a window and destroyed an air conditioning unit.

On Feb. 28, 2016, a home in the 1200 block of Olive Circle in Hanford caught fire. Hanford police and fire investigators found cans of butane in the rubble, along with several containers of honey oil, large containers of marijuana and equipment to convert the drug into honey oil.

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