Columbus man arrested in THC extraction lab sting

LANCASTER, Ohio (WCMH)—The Ohio Major Crimes Unit said they have seized one of the largest THC extraction labs in Ohio after several months of investigation.

According to the Major Crimes Unit, detectives executed a search warrant Monday, on a commercial building at 1300 Collins Road that was rented under the guise of a legitimate business.

Detectives said the building, however, was used to produce high grade marijuana that was then processed using a simple but highly explosive chemical extraction method to produce concentrated THC.

During the search, detectives found 200 marijuana plants, weighing about 152 pounds, hundreds of cans of butane, THC extraction equipment, hundreds of gallons of chemicals, and records the man had been leasing the property since 2011.

Because of the search in Lancaster, another search warrant was executed at the man’s home in the 300 block of Reinhardt Avenue in the German Village area of Columbus.

According to detectives, another high potency marijuana grow, 500 troy ounces of silver and $48,000 in cash were found in the residence.

The man accused of owning the operation, Jason Ortiz, was arrested after he unknowingly arrived at the Lancaster location while detectives were dismantling the equipment.

Ortiz has been charged with cultivation of marijuana a felony of the first degree as the criminal activity was taking place within the boundaries of a school zone.

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