Lake Elsinore Woman Accused of Turning Home Into 'Honey Oil' Lab

Police believe the honey oil, a form of concentrated marijuana, was being manufactured at the De Brask Avenue house.

A close-up of honey, or hash, oil.  Photo credit: Ryan Bushby via Wikimedia Commons.
A close-up of honey, or hash, oil. Photo credit: Ryan Bushby via Wikimedia Commons.
Nearly 100 marijuana plants, 10 pounds of dried marijuana and unregistered firearms were all found inside a Lake Elsinore home this week, as police say they shut down a suspected "honey oil" operation.

According to Sgt. Raymond Nava, officers from the Lake Elsinore Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) and the sheriff's department served a search warrant Wednesday in the 17400 block of De Brask Avenue, near Riverside Drive and Baker Street.

Once inside the house, the law enforcement officers apparently came across several illegal items and activities before arresting 30-year-old Jaime Higgins.

"Officers located approximately 93 marijuana plants, 10 pounds of dried marijuana and unregistered firearms," Nava said.  "Officers also located several items used for the manufacturing of concentrated cannabis (Honey Oil)."

What's more, when police were on scene, they spotted four children-- ranging in ages 5 to 12-- inside the house, according to Nava.  

Two of them were just visiting and were returned to their parents, but the other two-- along with two others who live at the residence but weren't home during the raid-- were all placed in protective custody with Child Protective Services, the sergeant said.  

Higgins, meanwhile, was taken to the downtown Riverside jail, where she was booked on charges of manufacturing of concentrated cannabis and child endangerment, according to Nava and jail records.  Jail records also indicate she remained locked up without the possibility of bail as of Friday night.

Anyone with information about this incident encouraged to contact Officer Miller at the Lake Elsinore Station at (951) 245-3300

QUEEN February 01, 2014 at 09:59 AM
She wasn't hiding it , It was in plain sight!! Tarp and lights going all day & night!! They night want to spend some more time doing some investigating on that same street to a few more neighbors!
Chris February 01, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Josh & For The Record soap boxer, it's 100% clear, that neither of you two brain trust has had or been around Cancer. And for that, you should be thankful, because if you had, then you wouldn't be preaching. Don't agree with the firearm, but other than that, she could very well be 100% within the STATE laws. F- the fed laws, those are simply outdated issues, which states are VOTING away yearly. Good luck to the mom in this case, she wasn't growing, she was boiling leaves. Making oil isn't akin to cooking meth baby Einsteins
ChrisG February 01, 2014 at 10:28 AM
The whole notion of medical marijuana is a canard. I'm fine with its legalization because it will make it more difficult for kids to get it. Marijuana is only a so called gateway drug because the people that sell it also sell other harder drugs. Marijuana is not a smart choice for most people. Just like a lot of people cannot handle alcohol. This drug will be no different. THC may stay in your system for 28 days but the high only lasts hours. Legalize, regulate and tax. As long as people are held accountable for their own choices and do not negatively impact the rest of us I could care less. If people want to occasionally use that is fine. If they want to be stoners that is fine. As long as we don't have to pay for it.
turnitaround February 01, 2014 at 10:56 AM
If these people treat their kids right, I hope they get them back. I find it absolutely horrible that they were ripped from their home. Even if their parents smoke pot daily, it's not child abuse. Having guns in a home, they need to be locked up, but they nor their parents should feel ashamed about what they were actually doing. I'm sickened over special forces in LE being used for this, super angry considering so many prostitutes, homeless, tweekers and heroine. Patrol the Oretega every single day for drunk drivers, that's where the risk is. Getting tired of the "pot issue".
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT February 01, 2014 at 11:09 AM
What did they do with all the bee colonies at the house?
spike February 01, 2014 at 11:42 AM
I hear bees taste like chicken? No propane but the butane flows!
Lavender February 01, 2014 at 02:59 PM
I just looked up on line how to make this honey oil... the only dangerous part is when you heat alcohol, or other transfer solution, to a low temperate so it evaporates, A higher temperature would ruin the product. The cannabinoids (active medicine) are released in alcohol at low temperatures. Low temperature are essential. It can be done in a rice cooker so you don't over heat it...or any pot with a thermomer. It needs good ventilation, like a fan, and no open flames. During the process the fumes could catch fire. It is probably something that should be done outside in a safe place like a turkey fryer. just in case... but the smell would be very strong. The THC that comes with it... is for the pain and also has medicinal use. When I was on line it really disgusted me all the recreational users going for the best high... This is real medicine for very sick people. I don't know if that woman was legal or not to grow the plants, and to sell to a dispensary, a good case to follow...
FireCracker February 01, 2014 at 04:13 PM
I really believe people should educate themselves on what "Honey Oil" is before they start throwing out judgments and getting the Police involved in situations that they themselves are completely tunnel visioned about. First of all, I don't smoke pot, drink, etc. But I have literally WATCHED marijuana, specifically, Honey Oil SAVE LIVES! IT HAS BEEN PROVEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO SHRINK CANCER CELLS & TUMORS! I have seen, with my own eyes, skin cancer COMPLETELY DISAPPEAR. This isn't meth people. This is a natural plant made into life saving medicine. I know there are stubborn people who are gonna continue to believe what they want to believe. But a little information never hurt anyone. As far as the children go, I don't know the circumstances here, but as I see it, if no one was drugging the children, and they weren't being neglected, then it seems to me, these people are no different than the parents who have a medicine cabinet full of pain killers and happy pills, the pharmacist who hands them out, or the doctor who prescribes them. http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/dosage.html
Dr.Eville February 01, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Ok, I have been a legal patient on Medical Marijuana since 1997. I have seen ALOT of people helped & in fact CURED by this wonderful plant. We can sit here all day debating on this subject. For those that prefer to bash it, Well you are FOOLS, Period!! Alcohol is FAR WORSE of a drug than Marijuana!! With that being said, Let me educate you all on Hash Oil. Do I think this woman should be prosecuted-HELL YES. Oil is extracted from dried cannabis. There are a few ways to do it,, Each form/way is done with either butane or a solvent. There is a way using just water but the final product is horrible,,I don't think anyone has done it with water for 30+ years. after extracting the oil by either butane or a solvent the oil will still contain some of the butane/solvent. In order to do this heat must be applied to the oil,,pretty scary when you consider that butane/solvents are EXTREMELY flammable. If not purged out the user will be subject to Benzene poisoning. Having kids or anyone around is BAD. I could keep going but I don't have all day so I'll cut it short,,,If you have your kids around while manufacturing oil or even indoor growing than you are a COMPLETE IDIOT,,Yes I bsaid growing too due to the co2 & E.M. frequencies from the lighting. Marijuana is not a bad thing, people are the bad thing!! Let's be responsible "Potheads" so we can finally become legal & end this Fed ban!!
Dr.Eville February 01, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Bingo Lavender!! Glad to see someone taking 20 minutes to research rather than bash!! The danger tho is still present with kids around. Fan could short causing ignition, low temp or not there are several things that could contribute to an accident/explosion. This lady did in fact put her kids & others in danger.
Dr.Eville February 01, 2014 at 05:11 PM
Turnitaround,,Yes you can get licensed to grow 99 plants but the Ca. State Law says only 6 mature plants, 12 babies, & 1/2 pound finished product. So to the people with 99, Unless they are Caregivers or co-op, Good luck convincing a jury that it was all for personal use!!
Ken February 01, 2014 at 05:12 PM
Maybe the sherriffs deputy that got stinking drunk at spelly's tavern last year in Murrietta should have been smoking pot instead. He would have been to sleepy and lazy to pull out his gun and start killing people in cold blood. That liquid power brings out the WORST in law enforsement. But Oh ya it's perefctly legal for a off duty cop packing a gun to go out drinking all the booze he can consume because Booze is legal. But then again also it doesn't help control pain caused by cancer but rather promotes the growth of liver cancer. But thats OK because Booze is kegal. Booze has caused more deaths, destruction, and people spending the rest of their life in prison than pot has or ever will. The vast majority of the public feels Booze Okey Dokey but pot is a major sin. Probably the majority of the people posting against pot on this site are drinkers and probably drink to excess. So if pot which is less harmfull than Booze should be banned then by all means Alcohol which is Terrible on the body and causes liver cancer should DEFINITELY be made illegal and be a criminal offense to have in a house with children present.
Dr.Eville February 01, 2014 at 05:15 PM
Amen Ken!! Agree with ya 100%
Josh February 01, 2014 at 08:14 PM
@ Chris OK then, lets only limit MJ use to those who have cancer because everyone I know who uses has anxiety. Which is a fancy term for "my life is shit and I really don't want to man up and deal with it". It's so funny you label me with "soap box" because that box has been monopolized by the drug dealers telling us all the pot is medicine. Whatever medical benefits you guys claim, and I agree that there are some, you have done a terrible job at educating the public about its downsides. Kind of like the pharmaceutical companies and the tobacco industry. No different. I don't dispute the fact that pot has some medical uses but when I see a guy going into a dispensary to buy 3 pounds for medical use, that is BS, he is buying to sell. Nobody can smoke that much pot before it turns to crap. Pot degrades over time and spoils just like food. 3 pounds is never for personal use, it's for profit. Regarding cancer, I may not have had to deal with it yet (I am sure it is coming) but I do deal with addicts, both in my family and for work on a daily basis and I can tell you that it really sucks. I see a lot of negative associated with drug use. It is hard for people in my situation to have empathy for people like you who claim that pot is a miracle. The ironic thing is if and when pot becomes regulated and organized, it won't be a pot head industry to the extent that it is today therefore putting many pot heads back on the couch wondering what they are going to do with themselves. @ChrisG "If they want to be stoners that is fine. As long as we don't have to pay for it." MJ will be no different than alcohol in terms of what it will cost the public. It might cost us less than alcohol abuse but it will cost us. Alcohol nets about 7 billion in taxes but costs us 220 billion to deal with the problem. At any given time we have 1 million open DUI cases in U.S. courts, how many will we have when we get law enforcement up to speed on making arrests for driving while drugged? This type of DUI arrest is on the rise. Everyone likes the idea of legalizing MJ so the feds and the local cops can stop harassing people for using medicine. What happens when the effort to curb MJ use is redirected to tax revenue enforcement? How do you even enforce a tax on a plant that grows in a person's backyard? Just so everyone knows what BHO is, here is the short story. Butane Honey Oil is a waxy THC product that is produced from stripping the THC off of leaves and steams. When a plant is harvested for the "bud" there is waste left over. In many cases that waste can be pounds and pounds. In order to maximize profits from a single plant, the waste is processed to create a concentrated cannabis. People use butane to strip off the remaining THC or "trichomes" from the shake by putting it into a steel/PVC pipe caped on both ends. The bottom cap has several holes drilled in it to allow the "honey" to drip out. The top cap has a single hole in it to introduce the butane. The butane travels down through the shake and strips off the THC and drips out the bottom through a filter. It strips the metal/plastic from the pipe also but who cares, right. The problem is that the butane will build up in the air and once it finds an ignition source, we get KABOOM. The manufacturing process of BHO is very dangerous. It is known to completely destroy dwellings and people have burned to death. That is why the kids were taken away, not because of the occupants using pot. Anyone who puts their kids at that risk is endangering them to a high degree. As a reminder, concentrated cannabis derived by chemical extraction is not covered by California's "medical marijuana" laws. BHO is a chemical extraction process and is a felony under Section 11379.6(a) H&S Flame away........
American Woman February 01, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Chris G how will legalizing it make it more difficult for kids to get.....do tell......They get alcohol and its legal, of course not for them, but they still get it. Nothing will change when they legalize it, kids will still get their hands on it. I think it might even be easier because more people will have access. Just a thought!
Lavender February 01, 2014 at 10:47 PM
I've read that it is much easier for kids to get MJ than the alcohol because alcohol is legal and regulated.
Lavender February 01, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Josh, another reason to legalized and regulate the manufacturing process. Wondering if the step that removes the butane removes any pipe residue? During the alcohol prohibition many people died or were injured from still accidents. Many also died or went blind from unregulated alcohol is all tested now. The proof system. You know what to expect when you pour yourself a drink. During prohibition... you got what you got.
American Woman February 02, 2014 at 12:44 AM
Lavender I see your point but I think the only way it will become less accessible is if it runs low. If anyone can get it then anyone can buy it for anyone.
American Woman February 02, 2014 at 12:45 AM
Josh I loved your first sentence. High five!
Michelle Morgan Fugate February 02, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Cannabis cures cancer, I know step down off that high horse people and tell the numerous people and CHILDREN who have been cured of cancer by using this oil, and do a study yourself before you comment on how bad the stuff is. Here take a couple doses of Chemo and call me in the morning and lets compare the two
F. De Moraes February 02, 2014 at 08:49 AM
@ Chris, enjoy another toke or bowl and mellow out some! What part of "I could care less what you choose to ingest or inject in to your body, I just want those that choose to do so be held accountable for the pain, misery and death that they sow" do you not understand?
F. De Moraes February 02, 2014 at 12:15 PM
You gotta love the mindset of some of us, "let's make it legal, tax it and if it becomes more accessible to kids who cares, and of course let's not make anyone responsible for whatever the outcome may be". The "no personal responsibility or liability and the how dare you tell me how to live my life and the how dare to refuse to dig into you your wallets and purses to bail me out when I fail miserably due to my own actions, choices and chosen lifestyle" mindset is exactly why we circling the toilet as a Nation!
my comment February 02, 2014 at 12:55 PM
As for financial gains based on legalization,just look into what's been going on lately in Colorado. The demand is so high that they're charging above normal market price and the shops still can't even keep it on the shelves. The state is making a killing on taxing literally over a million dollars per day in sales. Be realistic people, if you don't like it or support it that's totally fine, just don't buy it and don't use it, just like any other commodity. Just don't be so closed minded and resistant to change, it makes you sound like a crotchety senior citizen
Bd February 02, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Exactly F. De Moraes! The nail has been hit on the head.
ChrisG February 02, 2014 at 01:32 PM
@american. Legalization won't stop kids from getting pot but will make it much more difficult because there will be fewer sources to get it from. Pot is easier to get than alcohol for the under aged because alcohol is regulated and strictly enforced.
ChrisG February 02, 2014 at 01:34 PM
@josh, I agree drug impaired DUIs are on the rise and will be a problem. If people want to smoke pot let them. Just smoke responsibly like people should drink responsibly. Most won't however. That was my point. Prohibition does not work.
American Woman February 02, 2014 at 01:37 PM
Cant anyone grow pot illegally now? I mean most of us cannot make our own alcohol. Just sayin....
Josh February 02, 2014 at 02:00 PM
@ turnitaround "I know from experience and as a recreational drug, it's awesome." Sorry, I will never get behind someone who uses drugs in a recreational manner. Drugs are the nexus for all crime. I am morally opposed to getting high. I have been ever since I was 6 years old when I watched my Dad put a .357 in our neighbor's kids ear after being caught breaking into our house on a Sunday morning thinking we were at Church. He broke in to steal from us to support his "recreational drug use/habbit".
Richard Long February 02, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Josh was it cause your dad was on drugs that he put a gun to a minors head? Using a gun to teach a lesson is wrong, either use the gun the way it was intended to be use or leave it in the holster.
Josh February 02, 2014 at 07:54 PM
@ Richard If you think using a firearm to protect your family from someone breaking into your house is wrong, you are a moron. Are you suggesting that he should have shoot and killed him, leaving us with one less drug addict? Please teach me the right way, the way it is intended to be used.


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