Thursday , June 13 2024

Fresno Police Bust Honey Oil Lab Next to Elementary School; Dozens of Weapons Seized

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<p>What started as a stalking investigation lead to more charges for 31-year-old&nbsp;Andrew Ewers of Fresno when police found a potentially explosive honey oil lab, marijuana, and dozens of weapons and ammunition inside his home.</p><p>Friday around 6 p.m., Fresno police served a warrant at Ewers’ home–a home that shares a fence with Miramonte Elementary in the Clovis Unified School District.</p><p>Inside, police found a number of dangers:&nbsp;&quot;28 firearms, which included two assault weapons, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and this one is possibly an automatic rifle,&quot; said Sgt. Mark Hudson with the Fresno Police Department.</p><p>Police also seized more than 15 pounds of marijuana.</p><p>They said Ewers had a honey oil lab inside his home, where marijuana is cooked with butane and is&nbsp;highly combustible.</p><p>&quot;So there was a danger to some degree of them processing this marijuana where it could’ve blown up the house and neighbors and possibly even affected the school that was behind it,&quot; Hudson said.</p><p>Kelli Greene&nbsp;said&nbsp;she has two children who attend Miramonte Elementary and saw the commotion in the neighborhood Friday.</p><p>&quot;Well it is concerning because it’s close to the school, it’s adjacent to the school, and it’s adjacent to the playground,&quot; Greene said.</p><p>Police broke up the lab, seizing the drugs, butane and propane.</p><p>The ATF&nbsp;is whether any of the guns&nbsp;are illegal, Hudson said.</p><p>Some neighbors said it makes them uneasy to know there was a potentially explosive drug operation in their neighborhood.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><p>&quot;For somebody to even be doing that knowing there’s a school, there’s a lot of traffic right there–I don’t even know why they would do that. It kind of makes me feel unsafe,&quot; said a neighbor who identified himself as&nbsp;Stefen.</p><p>Ewers is being held at the Fresno County jail.</p><p>He’s being charged with stalking,&nbsp;which police said is the result of 20 separate incidents, making felony&nbsp;threats,&nbsp;and cultivating and processing marijuana&nbsp;for sale.<br /></p></div>

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