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Police ID 3 burn suspects in THC extraction lab explosion

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) Three people operating an illegal THC extraction inside their home, were badly injured after the lab exploded.

At 1:35 am, on Friday, August 4th, officials responded to 13150 Riverview Drive in Spring Valley Lake reference a fire and explosion.

Upon their arrival, they located items that were consistent with a THC extraction lab. One room inside the residence was destroyed by the explosion and fire.

According to authorities, Steven Ray Hoover Jr., 25, Paige Nicole Tappe, 26, both residents of Victorville, and Jesse Karl Bevins, 28, of Apple Valley were all present when the explosion and fire occurred but later fled.

Hoover was taken to a local hospital with 2nd and 3rd-degree burns and later airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. He sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his face, head, and body stated a sheriff’s news release.

Police contacted Bevins and Tappe after they checked into a Motel 6 in the city of Hesperia.

Deputies responded to the motel and detained then until investigators arrived. Bevins had 2nd-degree burns to his arm and Tappe had 2nd-degree burns to her arm and back, officials said.

Meanwhile back at the scene of the explosion, “investigators found evidence to suggest the suspect(s) were manufacturing concentrated cannabis, commonly referred to as Wax or Butane Honey Oil (BHO).”

Bevins is currently being held in lieu of a $500,000 bail at the West Valley Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing and the case will be forwarded to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for review of criminal charges against the suspect(s). They will face charges of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance and possibly additional criminal charges.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs / Narcotics Division at 909-387-8400. 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.

The THC extraction process is extremely dangerous and has a high potential for explosion and fire due to the use of large amounts of flammable chemicals and solvents during the extraction process.  This chemical process is illegal and is a violation of California’s Health & Safety Code.  Wax/BHO is a form of concentrated cannabis commonly made by extracting the THC from the marijuana plant or plant material.

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