Rochester police bust the city's first known marijuana wax lab
(THE MED CITY BEAT) - A Rochester man was arrested Tuesday morning after police discovered a small marijuana wax laboratory in his home.
Police searched the home, located in the 2600 block of 61st Street NW, after receiving several anonymous reports of suspicious activity. Officers confiscated the lab, 113 grams of marijuana and about a dozen firearms.
Mitchell Hawkins, 20, faces felony charges of fifth-degree possession and sales of a controlled substance. Capt. John Sherwin said it's the first time the Rochester Police Department has busted a marijuana wax lab.
The highly-concentrated form of cannabis contains anywhere between two and six times the amount of THC as the drug in its traditional form. This how a recent report by the Star Tribune described it:
Similar in consistency to honey, marijuana wax is made by cooking ground marijuana leaves in a cylinder soaked with butane to yield a substance that can be smoked using water pipes or vaporizer pens or added to food. A more intense physical and psychological high results.
Law enforcement agencies across the state have seen a recent spike in the potent wax. In March, two men were charged with third-degree murder in Stearns County on allegations that a fire that started while making wax killed an 85-year-old woman, notes a report by the Pioneer-Press.
Note: Location on map is approximate.
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