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Charges pending in drug lab fire that destroyed Auburn-area mobile home

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 - 4:01 pm

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department announced that six people are facing criminal charges for their involvement in a drug lab that resulted in a mobile home fire in the Auburn area last week.

The fire occurred about 6 p.m. Thursday in double-wide mobile home on Werner Road. Sheriff’s detectives were called to the scene Friday after California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials found evidence of a drug lab at the mobile home, which burned to the ground. Detectives found the makings of a butane honey oil lab, where highly flammable butane is used to extract THC from marijuana, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. The resulting product, honey oil, is then smoked.

Two small children were found living in the mobile home when the fire occurred, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s officials said charges are being filed by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, and the names of the six suspects, all adults, will not be released until they have been formally charged. The charges, officials said, include manufacturing a controlled substance, felony child endangerment, maintaining a drug house, conspiracy and causing an unlawful fire.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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