A 19-year-old UC Merced student, Jacob Lipsett, was arrested Tuesday on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance after authorities discovered a conversion lab for extracting hash oil from marijuana, according to the Merced County sheriff's department.
The street value of the hash oil was estimated at $10,000.
On Monday, deputies Paul Barile and Matthew Berlier responded to the 3000 block of Lake Road on a report of narcotics. They discovered that several students were renting the house as a dorm and discovered evidence of marijuana use and a possible hash oil extraction lab. The deputies contacted the Merced/Mariposa Narcotics Task Force.
The next day, agents served a search warrant and discovered the illegal conversion lab, according to the news release. Officials discovered 1.5 quarts of oil and other items commonly associated with a conversion lab.
Hash oil is derived from extracting the THC from marijuana, then dipping it into cigarettes which is more potent than smoking regular marijuana, according to the news release.
Lipsett remains jailed on a $500,000 bail.
He is the second UC Merced student in the past few years who has been arrested in connection with drug manufacturing. Jason West, a 36-year-old former UC Merced doctoral student, was arrested in 2008 for stealing thousands of dollars in chemicals and equipment from a university lab over a period of three years to make meth.