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Hash oil lab discovered after explosion at El Cajon warehouse

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    SAN DIEGO, CA (KGTV) — Two hash oil extraction labs were discovered in two San Diego County cities, with one of them found inside an El Cajon warehouse after a fire.

Federal officials said an explosion and subsequent fire was reported at a warehouse at 920 El Cajon Blvd. in El Cajon, and the incident sent one man to the hospital Thursday night.

According to federal officials, “DEA’s Narcotic Task Force responded to the scene and identified an active hash oil extraction laboratory. Marijuana, laboratory equipment, and approximately a dozen 55-gallon drums containing a volatile solvent were located inside the building.”

10News learned a man suffered burn injuries from the fire.

No arrests were announced in connection with the El Cajon fire and lab discovery.

Federal officials also said a hash oil lab in Warner Springs was “dismantled” by federal agents on Thursday. Agents discovered the lab inside three trailers on a property at 30570 Chihuahua Valley Road.

According to federal officials, the Warner Springs lab “was approximately 15 times larger than the BHO extraction lab that caused the recent explosion in Mira Mesa.”

Four people were arrested in the Warner Springs case: 33-year-old Bradley Chase Gilmore; 30-year-old Maritza Gutierrez; 39-year-old Richard Villanueva; 30-year-old Elsie Fernandez.

“These labs are extremely dangerous due to the potential for fire and explosions because flammable solvents are used to extract THC from marijuana plant material,” DEA spokesperson Kameron D. Korte said.

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