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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday December 24th, 2020 :: 01:35 p.m. PST


Arrests for illegal butane honey oil lab and illegal marijuana cultivation

Nature of Incident: Arrests for illegal butane honey oil lab and illegal marijuana cultivation
Report Number: 20-149742
Location: 1100 block of Eugene Street, Lockwood Valley
Date & Time: December 23, 2020 7:00AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Ojai Police Patrol Station
Lockwood Valley Patrol Sub-Station
Sheriff’s Narcotics Street Team
Sheriff’s Gang Unit
California National Guard Counter Drug Task Force
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Traversa, Anthony
Miller, Machella
Lockwood Valley, Ca
Newhall, Ca
On December 23, 2020, Deputies from the Lockwood Sheriff’s Sub-Station, and detectives from the Sheriff’s Narcotics Street Team and Sheriff’s Gang Unit served a search warrant at the 1100 block of Eugene Street in Lockwood Valley reference an illegal marijuana cultivation. This community is commonly known as Camp Scheideck.
Detectives contacted resident Anthony Traversa and Machella Miller, a resident of Newhall, on the property. During the search of the location, detectives discovered evidence that Traversa and Miller were illegally cultivating marijuana, operating a butane honey oil lab, and involved in illegal drug sales.
Detectives seized over four pounds of butane honey oil wax, over 28 pounds of marijuana, 300 vape cartridges, 11 firearms, and over $40,000 in currency. Additionally, detectives eradicated over 200 marijuana plants from the location.
Traversa and Miller were both arrested and booked at the Ventura County Jail for violations associated to marijuana cultivation, operation of a butane honey oil lab and weapons violations. Their bail was set at $50,000 with a court date of January 7, 2020, at 1:30 PM. 
Butane honey oil labs are volatile and pose a significant safety threat to the community. Each year, there are numerous fires and/or explosions throughout the region involving these illicit labs. The chance of serious injury or death to operators of these labs and residents in the vicinity of these labs is high.  Given the rural location of this lab, the chance of starting a wildfire is also present due to the proximity of the National Forest.   
Prepared by: Captain Jose Rivera  
News Release Date: 12/24/2020  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Samuel Moss, (661) 245-3829, [email protected]
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Brian Slominski
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Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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