LAPD bust major honey oil lab in Glassell Park

GLASSELL PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A major drug raid in Glassell Park landed a big haul for the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday.

Authorities said they entered the home on Sagamore Way near Caledonia Way and found a marijuana growing operation and a honey oil extraction lab.

Detectives said the operation was very dangerous, as the gas used in the closed loop system is highly flammable.

"They believe that it's being isolated and it's being contained, however, it's not. It comes out of the pipes, it comes out of the hoses, and eventually when it gets on to the room any little spark could set it off," Det. Mario Barillas with the LAPD explained.

Investigators believed the cultivation and extraction lab had been in business for more than a year.

Neighbors said they knew something was going on, but had no idea they were in danger.

"Being their neighbor, I could smell it, but not on this large scale. I didn't know," neighbor Joseph Conte said.

Authorities said 34-year-old Jose Aguilar was arrested and the evidence recovered had a street value of about $100,000.
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