Butane Honey Oil Lab Explodes in Orcutt

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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
February 16, 2020

On Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 1:27 p.m., Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call of an explosion and smoke coming from an apartment in the 3300-block of Orcutt Road. Deputies responded to the residence along with County Fire and American Medical Response (AMR). When deputies arrived, one of the residents had already been transported by AMR with serious injuries. Deputies were able to quickly identified articles that are associated with a butane honey oil lab and detectives from the Cannabis Compliance Team (CCT) responded to assist with the investigation. 

As a result of the initial investigation, 37-year-old Albert Alvarado of Santa Maria was arrested for child endangerment (felony), arson causing great bodily injury (felony), manufacturing a controlled substance (felony), manufacturing a controlled substance when a child under 16 is present (felony) and possession of marijuana for sale (misdemeanor). He was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail where he is being held on $500,000 bail. This investigation is ongoing.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to take this opportunity to remind community members that the process of extracting oils from cannabis is not only illegal, but it is extremely dangerous. The violent explosion from this lab caused significant damage to the apartment including blasting a sliding door off the rails, and put the occupants and neighbors at serious risk. If you would like to report a suspected illegal extraction lab, you can call our anonymous tip line at (805)681-4171 or visit our website. 

Possible Explosion in Santa Maria

By Roger the Scanner Guy
1:30 p.m., February 15, 2020

Burn victim ran from a home in the 3300 block of Orcutt Road. Possible explosion and structure fire in a home.

Then a burn victim is being transported to Cottage Hospital after an unknown type incident in her home. Victim transported via CalStar 7, should be arriving by 2:25 pm.

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PitMix Feb 18, 2020 08:56 AM
Butane Honey Oil Lab Explodes in Orcutt

Long article in the LA Times last week about the grower in Carp who was chosen to be the poster child for responsible growers last spring. Turns out he was growing on properties outside of his permit and also involved in the oil extraction business. With poster children like this, who needs enemies?

AdamVant Feb 17, 2020 08:01 AM
Butane Honey Oil Lab Explodes in Orcutt

Nowadays the perp has no worries. He'll be out on low bail, the charges will be reduced to misdemeanors, and he'll get probation.

JB86 Feb 17, 2020 12:45 AM
Butane Honey Oil Lab Explodes in Orcutt

I think the crime is bigger than making a little honey oil (or whatever they do) when they endanger their neighbors. That is seriously bad and deserves a fat felony charge.

Roger Feb 17, 2020 09:04 AM
Butane Honey Oil Lab Explodes in Orcutt

Arson charges carries some weight and they usually have to be registered when they get out too bad there is no arson page like Megan's Law...

CoastWatch Feb 16, 2020 07:05 PM
Butane Honey Oil Lab Explodes in Orcutt

These are becoming common- The Pot-Pickers get to take the "trash leaves" and then they extract the oil out of them by compressing in copper pipes and butane... Super dangerous and endangers not only themselves blowing up, but potentially their neighbors...(like they care). Welcome to CA

DBD Feb 17, 2020 10:31 AM
Butane Honey Oil Lab Explodes in Orcutt

This was in a home. Volatile extraction would not be legal by any means. I am not a fan of Das and have never voted for him, but somehow trying to tie him into this is insane. This type of underground activity will always go on with the barriers to entry into the legal market.

a-1585462840 Feb 16, 2020 08:28 PM
Butane Honey Oil Lab Explodes in Orcutt

This is what happens when you have people like Doobie Brother Das approving any & all Mary Jane operations in the County & people want to generate a little extra schnitzel for themselves. Go Das!

jak Feb 17, 2020 07:47 AM
Butane Honey Oil Lab Explodes in Orcutt

Under current California law, maybe yes, maybe no. If there is a conviction or guilty plea on any of the felony charges then probably yes but that might not be true for everyone on the lease.

JB86 Feb 15, 2020 06:44 PM
Butane Honey Oil Lab Explodes in Orcutt

Didn't hear definitively, but it certainly could have been some drug cooking going on. All too common/ I don't believe this guy's injuries were too serious.

Roger Feb 15, 2020 01:35 PM
Butane Honey Oil Lab Explodes in Orcutt

Santa Maria, 1000 Block of Orcutt Road.....Cal Star 7 Activated for possible transport to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital...

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