Teen charged with manufacturing purified marijuana, or ‘shatter’

Butane and extraction tubes were confiscated in a September bust in Burrillville.

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Burrillville teen was arrested Friday after police discovered an elaborate manufacturing operation in her home, which they said she was using to produce a highly potent and more valuable form of marijuana.

Kayla Richard, 19, was arrested at her Victory Highway home after police found four pounds of marijuana and 33 grams of a drug called “shatter,” along with the equipment needed to create it.

Police said this was the first time shatter has been seized in the town.

“Shatter is marijuana that has been purified into its highest potency and has a street value of $50 per gram,” said Burrillville Police Chief Stephen Lynch.

To put that in perspective, conventional marijuana runs $1,000 to $1,500 per pound. With shatter, police said the value jumps to $2,500 to as much as $6,000 per pound.

Shatter is derived from normal marijuana using tools one would see in a science classroom.

“What they do is they hold it over a glass pan and they sift butane through it, so the butane liquifies the marijuana, and hence that “shatter” comes leaking out,” Burrillville Police Sgt. Guy Riendeau explained.

The drug is then cooked into a solid and snapped off into grams.

Richard was arraigned Friday morning on drug possession and manufacturing charges, and her bail was set at $50,000 with surety.

Below are more evidence photos provided by police.

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