Four arrested after hash-oil explosion at Truckee apartment
December 23, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Four people were arrested Sunday on suspicion of drug manufacturing and child endangerment following a chemical explosion inside a Truckee apartment.
Police and fire officials responded to a reported grease fire at about 2:30 p.m. at the Truckee Pines apartment complex at 10100 Estates Drive, according to the Truckee Police Department.
Authorities determined the fire was caused by a small chemical explosion "when several subjects were trying to make hash oil from marijuana," police said in a statement.
One of the apartment's occupants, Anthony Thomas Garner, 20, of Truckee, suffered moderate burns and was treated at Tahoe Forest Hospital.
He was medically cleared and arrested on suspicion of manufacturing drugs, child endangerment, criminal conspiracy and maintaining a residence for manufacturing drugs, all felonies. His bail was set at $35,000; as of Tuesday, he had been released from jail.
Three more of the apartment's occupants — Kiev Watson-Akright, 22, of Truckee; Yvenel Casseide, 21, of Tampa, Fla.; and Austin Michael Coton, 21, of Tampa, Fla. — were unhurt. They were arrested and booked in Nevada County Jail in Truckee on suspicion of various drugs, child endangerment/cruelty and conspiracy charges.
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Bail was set for each at $35,000, and they remained in jail as of Tuesday. It wasn't immediately known if the suspects had an attorney.
A 1-month-old girl who was inside the apartment was not hurt, TPD Sgt. Robert Womack said Tuesday.
The infant was released to her mother, who also was in the apartment at the time of the incident, but was not arrested because she was "not directly involved," Womack said.
Officers also recovered a "quantity of marijuana" at the residence, he said.
Damage to the unit was minor, Womack said, and was mainly due to water from its sprinkler system. No other units in the complex were damaged, and none were evacuated.
Making hash oil, or hashish, has reportedly become common in recent years among marijuana users looking for stronger THC content. The process involves using butane fuel to cook low-quality marijuana.
"One of the things about hash oil, you don't use the good stuff to do this," Womack said.