Two arrested for running honey oil lab in Thermal

Erick Maldonado / Andrew Meza (Riverside County Sheriff's Department)

Two men were arrested Friday after police say they were operating an illegal Butane Honey Oil Lab in Thermal.

Andrew Meza, 22 of La Quinta and Erick Maldonado, 24 of Thermal were arrested by the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force with the assistance of RSO Marijuana Eradication Team, according to a news release.

Investigators served search warrants at two homes, one on Avenida Herrera in La Quinta and another on Jackson Street in Thermal. A Butane Honey Oil Lab was discovered at the Thermal residence.

Officers also seized money and firearms including an AK-47 assault rifle, a shotgun, and a semi-auto handgun.

Maldonado was arrested for operating a butane honey oil lab, being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, violation of probation and an outstanding weapons violation warrant

Meza was arrested for operating an illegal butane honey oil lab, violation of probation and an outstanding weapons possession warrant.