For Immediate Release
Sergeant Anthony Prencipe
On March 29, 2018, in Department 7 of the El Dorado County Superior Court, Michael Ryan Wills, age 31 of Cameron Park plead guilty to illegally manufacturing concentrated cannabis, commonly referred to as Butane Honey Oil and illegally transporting / shipping marijuana across the United States. As a result of his plea, Wills was formally sentenced to 7 years. This conviction and sentence stems from multiple investigations over a two year period by El Dorado County Sheriff narcotics detectives with the assistance from the United States Postal Inspector’s Service.
In December of 2015, Postal Inspectors intercepted a suspicious package that led them to Wills’ residence in Cameron Park where the Inspector’s found that Wills was operating an illegal Butane Honey Oil Lab within his residence, with children present. El Dorado County Sheriff narcotics detectives were called to investigate the illegal Honey Oil Lab. Wills was subsequently arrested by EDSO detectives for manufacturing a controlled substance, marijuana sales, and child endangerment.
In May of 2017, El Dorado County Sheriff narcotics detectives opened a second investigation into Wills’ illegal marijuana activities after receiving a tip that Wills was continuing to manufacture Honey Oil from his residence. After a month long investigation which again included the assistance of the Postal Inspector’s Service, Sheriff detectives and Postal Inspectors executed a multi-location search warrant that resulted in Wills arrest for illegally transporting / shipping marijuana and Honey Oil across the United States.
In all, detectives and Postal Inspectors seized over $40,000 cash, 479 marijuana plants, 300 pounds of processed marijuana and 2.5 pounds of Butane Honey Oil.