Jul 13, 2015 11:37 PM

NH1 News Investigates: Wolfeboro police take 4 Into custody in connection with "waxing"


WOLFEBORO – It’s an extremely potent pot.

People who make it take the cannabis plant and extract the active ingredient, commonly known as THC.

That’s when they blast it with butane.

Now, what could be the first arrest here in New Hampshire and definitely the first in Wolfeboro after four young people are taken into custody for allegedly using it.

What began as a routine traffic stop turned into anything but, with Wolfeboro police first finding pot, bongs, and rolling papers. When they also discovered a propane blow torch, pot grinders, and butane honey oil, they knew that these four people in the car did much more than smoke what you might call your typical pot.

Those ingredients are the tell-tale signs of what's known on the streets as waxing, dabbing, oil, and honey, just to name a few.

It’s smoking or ingesting a highly concentrated form of cannabis. “The seriousness is is that it's 20 times more potent than regular marijuana,” said Officer Peter Llewellyn of the Wolfeboro police department.

And even more dangerous? The technique used to make it. To make it into a honey or wax like substance, manufacturers soak it with butane.

It's those highly flammable vapors from the butane that sometimes lead to these so-called ‘home chemists’ burning themselves, others, or setting the house on fire.

When asked if parents know about it, Officer Llewellyn said, “I don't think parents knows about it. I'm a parent and I didn't know about it, even as a law enforcement officer.”

Some experts agree. Most law enforcement don't even know about this. So then how did Wolfeboro police know?

They say back in January, they found a 15-year-old passed out in a snowbank. They say he used it and he nearly died.

“Had we not been doing the research, had we not been up to speed on what the substance is, it may not have come off the streets and we may not have known what we were dealing with,” said Capt. Dean Rondeau of Wolfeboro police.

The four supports taken into custody face a handful of charges and are now out on bail and will be in court next month.

For parents who’d like more information on this drug, you can contact Safe Surroundings in Wolfeboro:



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