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Police accuse 2 men of using Uber to make Thousand Oaks drug deal

Police accuse 2 men of using Uber to make Thousand Oaks drug deal
Cody Jens and Luke Karasiuk were arrested on suspicion of using Uber to make a drug delivery, deputies said. (Ventura County Sheriff's Office)

Two suspected drug dealers were arrested Wednesday after they used ride-sharing service Uber to deliver highly potent hash oil in Thousand Oaks, sheriff's officials said.

Ventura County sheriff's deputies stopped the Uber driver for a vehicle code violation about 11:58 a.m. in Thousand Oaks when they discovered his passengers were suspected of dealing drugs, Capt. Jim Fryhoff said.

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Cody Jens, 24, of Agoura Hills and Luke Karasiuk, 22, of Thousand Oaks told deputies they were using Uber to drive them to a drug deal to sell the hash oil, he said.

Deputies seized a quarter-pound of hash oil, known also as "butane honey oil," and $2,000.

The pair was booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance for sale.

The hash oil is a waxy substance that can produce a strong high when inhaled. It doesn't have the potent odor of marijuana.

Hash oil has gained popularity, and has prompted some novices to attempt to make it in their homes, authorities said.

But the results can have devastating effects.

In November, a man was killed and two others were injured in Muscoy during a massive explosion caused by hash-oil operation.

San Bernardino fire officials said the blast was so significant that a freshly paved road buckled.

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