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Press Release: Butane Honey Oil (BHO) Lab Explosion
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Special Investigations Bureau
Written Date: January 21, 2020 Time: 11:12 am
Incident Date: January 19, 2020 Time: 11:52 am
Incident Location: 24000 block Ridgemoor Road, Menifee
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Michael Yarbrough
File Number(s): R200190003

Details:

On Sunday, January 19, 2020 deputies from the Perris Sheriff’s Station along with CalFire responded to an explosion at a residence in the 24000 block of Ridgemoor Road in Menifee. Upon arrival, a male was found at the location suffering from major burns. The male was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. Additionally, the explosion caused extensive damage to the residence.

Further investigation revealed an active butane honey oil (BHO) lab at the residence. BHO is a form of concentrated cannabis extract using volatile solvents such as butane. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) was notified and responded to the scene. A search warrant was authored, and the scene was processed by specially trained members of MET. Several evidentiary items were recovered from the scene, including BHO lab equipment, cannabis, and finished BHO.

This investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator De La Torre at 951-955-1700.

The goal of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is to keep all of our citizens safe while also improving the quality of life for those residing within the community.  The extraction of BHO poses great risk to those involved in the process, as well as neighboring residents.  The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has a zero-tolerance policy for these offenses.  If you suspect drug activity in your area, please contact your local Sheriff’s Station.

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