SEATTLE Seven people face federal charges following several explosions due to hash oil, a more potent form of marijuana.
U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan was joined on Tuesday by several local law enforcement leaders from throughout the metro area speaking about the dangers of extracting hash oil from marijuana.
It is a process that is very dangerous and is illegal under both state and federal law, Durkan said. All of these explosions are related to the manufacturing of what is referred to as honey oil, or, on the street, shattered.
Doug James with the Drug Enforcement Agency was also on hand for the press conference.
With more people involved with the use and abuse of marijuana, we re going to see stuff like this, James said. We ve seen an increase in butane honey oil labs and explosions.
If there is activity that endangers the public, we will use all of our tools to stop it and hold people accountable, Durkan said. Under state law there is no legal way to make hash oil right now.
Durkan urged the public to report any signs of suspicious activity that they may come across.
Seven arrests have been made following explosions in Kirkland, Bellevue, Seattle and Puyallup.
In Bellevue, David Schultz II, Daniel Strycharske, and Jesse Kaplan are charged with endangering human life while manufacturing controlled substances, maintaining a drug involved premises and manufacturing hash oil and marijuana.
Two people face charges following an explosion and fire in Puyallup. Seth Cleek and Kevin Weeks face are charged with endangering human life while manufacturing controlled substances, maintaining a drug involved premises and manufacturing hash oil and marijuana.
In Kirkland, Robby Wayne Meiser has been charged following a January 1st explosion. In Seattle, Hugh Rodney faces charges after an explosion on January 7th of this year.