Tuesday, August 29th, a large contingent of law enforcement vehicles and personnel were seen converging on what was later said to be a large illegal marijuana manufacturing operation at 5249 Imhof Road.
Today, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office issued a news release detailing what was found on the property.
According the WCSO release, deputies discovered and seized approximately 200 mature marijuana plants, 22.5 pounds of processed marijuana, approximately 33 pounds of marijuana leaves/stems and 5.11 pounds of butane hash oil.
They also discovered a commercial grade butane hash oil (BHO) extraction lab on the premises. BHO extraction labs can be extremely hazardous due to use the flammable gases and the resulting risk of explosion according to WCSO.
Also seized were 3 commercial grade ovens, 20 vials of what is suspected to be anabolic steroids and an Acura MDX sport utility vehicle.
It was about noon on August 29th, according to the release, when the Whatcom Gang and Drug Task Force and WCSO deputies served a search warrant at the property. It was then the illegal marijuana grow operation and butane hash oil extraction lab were located.
Prior to obtaining the search warrant, deputies confirmed with the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board there was no licensed or registered marijuana production at that address.
WCSO officials say no arrests have been made, investigation is ongoing and arrests are expected.
In addition to the Whatcom Gang and Drug Task Force and WCSO, the Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office, Whatcom County Health Department, Ferndale Police Department and Washington State Patrol have assisted with the investigation.
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the WCSO at 360-778-6663.