Updated at 7 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015
Federal agents broke up a marijuana cultivation and hash oil manufacturing operation Thursday at a home near Helix High School.
Investigators with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration served a search warrant at the residence on Harbinson Avenue in La Mesa on Thursday morning.
The officers made three arrests and seized about 100 cannabis plants, a significant amount of hash oil and a “sophisticated” apparatus being used to extract the liquid drug, DEA spokeswoman Amy Roderick said.
City firefighters and a county hazardous materials team were called in to de-pressurize the equipment and safely rid it of butane, a compound used in the illegal manufacturing process.
The suspects all lived at the home, according to Roderick. Their ages were not immediately available.
—City News Service
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