Man Unearthed in Honey Oil Lab Explosion Leads to Five Charged with Murder
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CHATSWORTH – Five men have been charged with murder for the death of a man in a honey-oil lab explosion. If convicted as charged, each defendant faces 23 years to life in state prison.
According to the prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Lauren Guber of the Major Narcotics Division, “Aram Abgaryan (dob 10/08/89), Vadim Klebanov (dob 12/15/59), Arsen Terejyan (dob 4/25/76), Rafael Mailyan (dob 6/12/87) and Stepan Mailyan (dob 5/26/54) and the victim were operating a sophisticated concentrated cannabis lab, for at least two months.”
They extracted THC from the cannabis plants on September 21st, “while Klebanov, Terejyan, both Mailyans and the victim were working in the lab. An explosion occurred, killing the victim and causing extensive damage,” said L.A.D.A. prosecutors.
After receiving word that someone may have been killed in the lab, investigators returned the next day with arson investigators from the L.A. Fire Department. “The victim’s remains, burned beyond recognition, were located under a pile of debris,” said PIO Venusse Navid.
“The criminal complaint also alleges that the victim, Dados Aroutiounov, suffered great bodily injury and death,” added Navid.
Police arrested the men on October 29th. On that day, a search warrant served at a storage unit revealed $3.2 million in gold bars and cash.
23 years to life in state prison awaits each defendant, if convicted as charged. The L.A.P.D. is conducting the ongoing investigation.
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