Dave Rice 12:24 p.m., May 20
Sheriff’s deputies are reporting two significant marijuana busts in rural San Diego County communities.
In Ramona, the Sheriff’s SWAT team served a warrant on the 300 block of Fegahli Road on Friday, following a month-long narcotics investigation. Residents had fortified the house with a steel security screen, steel gates, and had “an aggressive dog” on the premises.
The search netted 120 marijuana plants, 5 pounds of processed marijuana that deputies valued at $15,000, a handgun and over $17,000 in cash. Joshua Day, Justin Lambert, and Douglas Politte were booked on charges of marijuana cultivation, possession for sale, and possession of a dangerous weapon.
Later in the day, deputies in Fallbrook responded to neighborhood complaints of a narcotics operation on the 2600 block of Secret Lake Lane. While investigating, house resident Marc Lockwood was stopped on vehicle code violations. Law enforcement officials found marijuana and “hash butter” in his vehicle.
Upon searching the home, deputies found a three-room marijuana grow operation as well as evidence Lockwood was manufacturing “honey oil,” a cannabis derivative that involves highly explosive materials in its manufacture, similar to the process for making methamphetamine – a hotel explosion in San Diego’s Midway District last month was tied to the process.
Lockwood was arrested and booked on charges of marijuana cultivation, possession for sale, and manufacture of a controlled substance.