Deputy Kingman police Chief Rusty Cooper said law enforcement authorities have had their eyes on a large marijuana grow for years. He said the investigation of illegal cultivation and distribution of marijuana led to execution of a search warrant on Friday, March 31.
Cooper said officers from area agencies seized about 200 pot plants that were growing in three large greenhouses on a large property located in the 2200 block of S Wencel Lane, about 20 miles east of Kingman. He said many of the plants were up to three feet tall.
Cooper said officers also confiscated a sophisticated kitchen lab used to extract the active ingredient in marijuana. The process creates a cannabis concentrate used to make edibles and other pot products.
“The extraction process involves the use of butane and other chemicals,” Cooper said in a news release. “The result is a thick, waxy substance similar in appearance to honey, hence the name Butane Honey Oil.”
Cooper said authorities estimate the value of the seized marijuana and pot products is in excess of $800,000.
Cooper said six people, including the owner, were contacted on the property. Nobody was arrested, though the case remains under investigation.