Lacey cops: Teen manufactured ‘dabs’

A 15-year-old girl was manufacturing a form of highly-concentrated THC, an intoxicating drug derived from marijuana, in the garage of a Leguene Avenue home, police said in a news release.

The girl — who was not named because she is a juvenile — was making a wax resin drug called “dabs” using butane hash oil, according to township police. To manufacture the dabs, a butane solvent is used to extract THC from raw marijuana, police said. The butane used in the processing is highly flammable.

“In a poorly-ventilated, confined space, such as a garage, the manufacturing process – aside from being a crime – is extremely dangerous,” Lacey police wrote in the news release.

Butane hash oil concentrates the THC and makes a highly-potent drug that has been blamed for a growing number of explosions across the country as its popularity increases.

Most marijuana contains between 2 and 12 percent THC, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. THC resins and oils usually contain between 4 and 60 percent THC, according to the agency. Some drug manufacturers say butane hash oil is capable of concentrating THC to levels between 70 and 90 percent.

The dabs are usually eaten, smoked or inhaled using an electronic vaporizer, Lacey police said.

“A very small ‘dab’ of the substance used by a juvenile will likely cause extreme impairment far beyond that of smoking marijuana,” police said in the news release. “This wax resin has become more popular due to the intensity of the high experienced in comparison to the traditional method of smoking marijuana.”

Police arrested the girl Monday and charged her on juvenile complaints relating to the distribution and manufacturing of a controlled, dangerous substance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She has since been released to a parent, police said.