Tempe Man Charged with Operating Illegal Cannabis Extraction Lab

PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted Jacque Glessner for allegedly operating a large-scale illegal cannabis extraction lab inside of a Tempe condo. Cannabis extraction labs, which extract Butane Honey Oil or BHO, are extremely flammable and can easily cause explosions and flash fires.

The charges are based on an investigation by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the Tempe Police Department, and the Tempe Fire Department. On December 24, 2017, officers allegedly found the cannabis extraction lab, along with more than 300 pounds of marijuana and 75 pounds of cannabis (BHO extract). Investigators also found 20 gallons of butane in large canisters. BHO is an extremely potent marijuana concentrate that is made by using highly flammable butane. Due to the amount of butane involved, the police and the fire department evacuated numerous residents from a portion of the condo building at 140 E Rio Salado Parkway.

Glessner is charged with one count of Manufacture of a Narcotic Drug (Cannabis), one count of Possession of Chemicals or Equipment for the Purpose of Manufacturing a Narcotic Drug (Cannabis), one count of Possession of Marijuana for Sale, one count of Possession of a Narcotic Drug (Cannabis) for Sale, one count of Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, and one count of Money Laundering.

All Defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.