Police arrest three after west side drug-related home explosion

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Police arrest three after west side drug-related home explosion

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Jun 3, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson police and firefighters responded to an explosion in a west side home, which lead to the arrests of three people Monday.

Sgt. Chris Widmer with the Tucson Police Department tells KGUN9 that a woman called 9-1-1 at around 1:00 p.m. to report that there had been a cooking explosion in the 3900 block of North Pomona.

The woman reported that someone inside the home had been burned. Of the three people inside the home at the time of the explosion, only one sustained burn injuries, Widmer said.

Some of the windows of the home blew out during the explosion, and therefore, crews evacuated several surrounding homes as a precaution, according to Capt. Barrett Baker with the Tucson Fire Department.

HazMat and firefighters also responded to the scene to try and figure out what caused the explosion, Baker said. 

During the investigation, police obtained a search warrant and discovered that the three people inside the home were attempting to extract hash oil from marijuana using butane and kitchen items, according to Widmer.

This process caused an explosion, Widmer said. 

Police arrested all three individuals and charged them with felonies, including conspiracy to manufacture a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a narcotic for sale and unlawful possession of marijuana for sale. 

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.