Redmond, Oregon – On December 12th, 2016, the Redmond Police Department and Redmond Fire and Rescue responded to 2154 SW 24th Street, Redmond, after a reported explosion. An initial investigation revealed the existence of a Butane Hash Oil (BHO) lab in the garage where the explosion originated. Police and fire personnel found two people, one male, and one female, suffering from serious burns to their body, including their faces. Both were transported by ambulance to Saint Charles Medical Center – Redmond and both were eventually flown to a hospital in Portland.
Since the initial incident, the investigation continued by Redmond Police Detectives and members of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team. The investigation was presented to the United States Attorney’s Office in Eugene for review of criminal charges.
On May 9th at 1:30 pm, Mr. William Wild appeared before the Federal Magistrate in the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse, Eugene, to be arraigned on the Federal crimes of Endangering Human Life (21 U.S.C. § 858) and Manufacturing Hash Oil (21 U.S.C § 841(a)(1) and § 841(b)(1)(D)) after a Federal Grand Jury indicted Mr. Wild on the listed crimes. It is alleged Mr. Wild endangered the life of his adult daughter while manufacturing hash oil. Endangering Human Life carries a maximum penalty of up to ten years in prison, and Manufacturing Hash Oil has a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison.
“Hash oil,” also known as “honey oil,” is derived from marijuana and has many streets names, but is commonly referred to as “dab,” “shatter,” and “butter.” The names may be different, but the end product is essentially the same. It is super concentrated Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. “Hash oil” is made by utilizing highly flammable materials, such as Butane, to refine and concentrate the THC, making a product which can range upwards to 90% THC content. Today’s marijuana sold in recreational and medical dispensaries typically have THC content ranging from 15% to 20%, and some as high as 30%. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of marijuana BHO lab explosions in Oregon in recent years, coinciding with the legalization of recreational marijuana. As a result, the Oregon State Police has formed several Clandestine Lab Response Teams. The last time these teams were being utilized was during the home methamphetamine manufacturing boom of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
Unregulated BHO labs, operated by those willing to manufacture in a reckless manner puts neighborhoods at risk. These neighborhoods are where our child live and play. Regardless of one’s opinion of marijuana and its related products, the manufacture of BHO and similar marijuana products are strictly regulated by Oregon law, and the manufacture of marijuana is still a Federal crime and charged accordingly.
The Redmond Police Department and the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team are dedicated to making Redmond the safest community in Oregon and to do our part in eliminating drugs and drug dealers from our region. We are appreciative of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon for reviewing this incident and charging the case as they best saw fit. We take the safety of our community very seriously; any person utilizing a marijuana BHO lab within our community will be dealt with to the fullest extent granted by law. If you have knowledge of a marijuana BHO lab in your community, please contact your local law enforcement agency. All Deschutes County police agencies can be reached by calling 541-693-6911.
Press Release completed by:
Lieutenant Curtis Chambers
Redmond Police Department
Here is a Bulletin story on the explosion: