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A Butane Honey Oil lab has been busted up in Lakeport. Wednesday detectives from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit served a warrant at an office space on Skypark Drive and found an active BHO lab and four men inside. They say Dustin Brey of Kelseyville admitted to buying the BHO set-up, taking classes to learn how to use it, leasing the space for that purpose, and making the BHO. He was arrested for manufacturing a controlled substance and was being held on $100,000 bail. Brey told detectives the other men there were not responsible for the lab but one of them was arrested as a fugitive from Missouri and another on a warrant from Florida. They were being held on no bail. The fourth guy was released with no charges.

A commercial marijuana entrepreneur from Humboldt County has been convicted in Mendocino County of using workers that were under 21 while he was bringing pot to an event. The Mendocino DA says Karl Witt, executive director of Eden Farms Cooperative, was arrested in December in Mendocino County as he was traveling to Sonoma County for the Emerald Cup with pot and some underage helpers. He pleaded no contest. He was given three years of probation with several terms including 14 days in jails which he already served, 100 hours of community service, $18,000 in restitution to law enforcement which the DA says already been paid, and he is banned from any involvement with the Emerald Cup while he’s on probation.

Willits Police Chief Scott Warnock has returned to duty. Warnock went out on medical leave last summer but came back on the force last week. He tells the Willits News recruitment and retention of officers is a major priority as they’ve had a significant increase in calls in the last year. He says they do active recruiting but are challenged because Willits doesn’t pay officers as well as other cities and he refuses to lower his hiring standards as other cities do just to bolster numbers. He says retention is an issue because his officers are so well-rounded they sometimes become attractive to other cities to be hired away.

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