Deputies Find Pot Growing “Extraction” Lab after Explosion
The Sheriff’s Department stated on Thursday that an apartment that was the source of an explosion in Canyon Country and responsible for uprooting two neighboring families was being used as a “marijuana grow house and a THC extraction laboratory.”
The blast occurred at 2:45 p.m. the previous day, severely burning one man whose name and condition are unknown.
A 29-year-old man name Stephen Schilling of Canyon Country, was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and manufacturing a controlled substance. He is being held on $75,000 bail.
Sgt. Daniel Stanley at the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley station said that the explosion was result of a chemical extraction process used to make concentrated cannabis. Stanley also says that it wasn’t evident how long people had been doing so in the apartment.
Two other people could face charges. According to Stanley, the man who was burned may also be a suspect. However, the man was in the hospital and could not be interviewed.
Fireworks were also found in the apartment. Deputies said that there was significant damage to the three-unit building in the 17700 block of Scherzinger Lane. Residents can not return to the building until it is safe as it as been “red tagged.”
The entire east sides of the complex, the side with apartments that have the Mountain View, were evacuated in the immediate aftermath.
Before allowing residents who lived in neighboring buildings back into their homes, the Los Angeles County fire and sheriff’s departments, including a hazmat squad and arson investigators checked the area.
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