Released: January 9, 2013 - Wednesday, 01:45 PM

Suspected butane honey oil conversion lab explosion

Contact: Commander Aaron NixPhone: (805) 781-1423Date and time of incident: 01/08/13Place of Occurrence: 1716 Lynn Rd., San Luis ObispoVictim Information: N/ASuspect Information: Garcia, Candice 03/07/57On 1/8/13, members of the Sheriff's Narcotics Task Force responded to assist San Luis Obispo Police Department for a suspected butane honey oil conversion lab. The suspected lab was located at a residence, 1716 Lynn Rd., San Luis Obispo. The lab was discovered when a fire began at the residence that ultimately resulted in several explosions.

Responding fire and law enforcement personnel noticed a very large quantity of butane cylinders and a large quantity of marijuana. This discovery prompted the Police Department's request for assistance. Sheriff's lab-certified Narcotics personnel responded with protective equipment and recovered evidence of a conversion lab.

Evidence seized:
180 lb of Marijuana
5 Conversion cylinders
Additional processing equipment
On scene were several hundred butane cylinders

The investigation is ongoing. As of this release one subject is in custody. Suspect is the resident of the lab site. Name: Candice Garcia, DOB:3/7/57 Charges: H&S11379.6 Extraction/ Conversion Lab, and H&S11357(c) Possession of Marijuana over one oz.

The Sheriff's Office asks that all residents of the County remain vigilant and report suspicious activities of a related nature. In this case, we are not aware of any injuries resulting from the fire or explosion. However, fires and explosions in a residential area are an obvious and serious danger to all. The investigation is ongoing. Booking photograph release authorized.