Illicit Drug Factory Concealed In Woodland Garage Explodes, Starts Big Blaze
According to a statement by Woodland Police, an accident during drug manufacturing caused a loud explosion and subsequent fire that seriously damaged a Woodland residence on the evening of November 21.
The explosion rocked the quiet neighborhood of the residence at 87 Utah Avenue on Woodland’s north side. Woodland police and firefighters responded to 911 calls reporting the explosion about 7:30 pm.
While police sped to the accident scene, 911 callers informed them several males ran from the house. One of them was reportedly “on fire.” When police arrived, however, no victims contacted them to report any injuries, said Woodland PD Sergeant Steve Guthrie.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze. Then police accompanied them on a “protective sweep” of the structure. A huge amount of marijuana was discovered in a bedroom and the garage. Also found were butane tanks and trace amounts of cannabis concentrate. The Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team was called in to assist in the investigation.
YONET determined that the illegal operation involved a concentrating plant material to manufacture a concentrate form of marijuana.
“The resulting concussion from the explosion blew the garage door out, destroyed a large portion of the ceiling drywall, and blew the east and west walls away from the foundation and roof trusses,” said Sergeant Steve Guthrie. A building inspector subsequently deemed the residence “uninhabitable.”
Police did capture Lucinda Alvira Alarcon-Rodriguez, 22, and charged her with possessing marijuana for sales and manufacturing a controlled substance through chemical extraction, both felonies. Uninjured, she was lodged in the Yolo County Jail.
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