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Deputies incidentally find, bust honey oil lab

Deputies incidentally find, bust honey oil lab

Deputies bust a honey oil lab after initial call for child endangerment in Terra Bella


TERRA BELLA – What was a call for child endangerment turned into a significant drug bust in Terra Bell last week. 

Richard Moreno
60 years old

According to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, just before 9 p.m. on Aug. 14, deputies received an anonymous call to check the welfare of a seven and nine-year-old at the 24000 block of Avenue 95 in Terra Bella. The call was later believed to be a ruse, in order to get the Sheriff’s Office to respond. 

When deputies arrived, Richard Moreno, 60, answered the door and told deputies no kids lived at the home. At that time, deputies noticed Moreno appeared to be under the influence and evaluated him. 

Deputies did not find any children inside the home, but they did find several gallons of flammable liquids, bags of marijuana shake and glassware consistent with an active Honey Oil Lab throughout the bedrooms and common rooms of the home. The TCSO Marijuana Investigation Team and the Department of Justice Lab Team took over the investigation. Moreno was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, maintaining a residence for narcotic use and manufacturing a lab. 

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux took the opportunity in a press release to remind the public of the very real dangers associated with honey oil labs. They can easily explode, threatening serious harm to anyone inside or living near the home, as well as first responders on the scene.

Anyone with information about this investigation or any other honey oil labs, is asked to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218. 

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