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Butane Honey Oil Lab engulfs home

Sends one to the hospital with severe burns and one to Jail with $550,000 Bail.

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DATE/TIME: August 29, 2019, 6:21 pm

INCIDENT: Structure Fire Related to Butane Honey Oil Lab

LOCATION: 61800 Block of Rosemary Lane, Joshua Tree

SUSPECT(S): Patrick Ryan, 48-year-old resident of Joshua Tree
Michael Doty, 57-year-old resident of Landers

SUMMARY: At about 6:21 pm on August 29, 2019, Sheriff’s dispatch received multiple 9-1-1 calls of a structure fire and explosions at a residence in the 61800 block of Rosemary Lane in Joshua Tree. Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department’s Morongo Basin Station and personnel from the San Bernardino County Fire Department arrived and found a detached garage and two vehicles fully engulfed with dozens of exploded butane canisters on the ground. Responding personnel suspected Butane Honey Oil/THC extraction lab was in operation at that location. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Detail, Sheriff’s Narcotic’s Division, and Fire Department responded and conducted an investigation.

Investigators identified Patrick Ryan as one of the suspects and arrested him for violation of California Health and Safety Code 11376.9(a) manufacturing a controlled substance. Ryan was transported to the West Valley Detention Center where he is being held on $500,000 bail. A second suspect, identified as Michael Doty, was contacted at a local hospital with severe burns he sustained when the lab exploded.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.

Refer: Sheriff’s Narcotics Division

Station: Morongo Basin Station

Phone No. 760-366-4175

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