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Posted on: March 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Search warrant related to fraud investigation, butane honey oil lab



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Search warrant related to fraud investigation, butane honey oil lab
Station Area:Palm Desert
Written Date:March 19, 2020Time:2:30 PM
Incident Date:March 19, 2020Time:9:45 AM
Incident Location:81000 block of Iris Ct., Indio
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Don Olson
File Number(s):S200640037


On Thursday, March 19, 2020, about 9:45 am, investigators from the Palm Desert Station in conjunction with the Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert Special Enforcement Teams, served a search warrant in the 81000 block of Iris Ct., Indio.  The search warrant was a result of an ongoing fraud investigation which occurred in the city of Rancho Mirage.  

Upon arrival, investigators seized evidence in conjunction with their investigation and located a suspected butane honey oil lab.  The Riverside County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau responded to the scene and processed the lab as well as seized items related to the manufacture of butane honey oil.  

Kelly Barnes, 41 years, of Indio, and George Garcia, 43 years, of Indio, were arrested on charges of child endangerment and suspicion of operating a butane honey-oil lab.  Barnes and Garcia were booked in the Riverside County Jail in Indio.      

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Investigator Jomar Vanderhoof at the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station by calling (760) 836-1600.

Kelly BarnesGeorge Garcia

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