SAN BERNARDINO – Two men are in surgery after a THC (Honey Oil) extraction lab exploded and caught fire on Friday. At around 1:35 a.m. San Bernardino Police and personnel from the San Bernardino Fire District responded to 2494 North Duffy Street for the report of an explosion and fire. When they arrived they found that a structure behind the main house was damaged by a fire, which firefighter had already been fighting. The home sustained major damage as a result of the explosion and fire, but the main home sustained no damage.
Through preliminary investigation, officers located items consistent with a THC extrication lab and requested the Sheriff’s Department Gangs and Narcotics investigation to assist with the investigation. A search warrant was obtained and executed with additional evidence was collected. Both suspects, 24-year-old Edgar Jaciel Monarrez and an unidentified man were inside the structure when the explosion and fire occurred. Both men sustained major burns to their body and were transported to the hospital for treatment. The family of Monarrez were inside the front house at the time of the explosion and reported seeing the two men running from the structure with their clothing on fire. The current condition of the two men is unknown, but both required surgery for the treatment of their injuries.
Authorities believe that the suspects were manufacturing and making concentrated cannabis; also known as Wax or Honey Oil at the time of the explosion. Concentrated cannabis is the chosen method of drug consumption for many due to the high concentration, making the value higher officials said. The process is not only illegal, but can be dangerous with a high risk of explosion or fire. The investigation is ongoing, all information collected will be sent to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office for review and for filing of potential charges. Potential charges against the suspects include manufacturing a controlled substance and Arson; causing great bodily.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs / Narcotics Division at (909) 890-4840. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
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