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Police: Drug-related explosions on the rise

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Francisco Sandoval (Source: Tucson Police Department) Francisco Sandoval (Source: Tucson Police Department)
Vanessa Ybarra (Source: Tucson Police Department) Vanessa Ybarra (Source: Tucson Police Department)
The explosion knocked out windows in the home near West Roger and North Pomona roads. The explosion knocked out windows in the home near West Roger and North Pomona roads.
Andrew Stafford (Source: Tucson Police Department) Andrew Stafford (Source: Tucson Police Department)
Odessa Rodriguez (Source: Tucson Police Department) Odessa Rodriguez (Source: Tucson Police Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Police have identified the three people arrested Monday after an explosion at a home on Tucson's west side.

Francisco Sandoval, 29; Vanessa Ybarra, 28, and Wesley Dunson, 19, were arrested and police say each faces the following charges: one count of conspiracy to manufacture a narcotic drug, one count of unlawful possession of a narcotic drug and one count of unlawful possession of marijuana for sale.

Dunson, who was injured in the explosion, was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police say.

According to police, the three were trying to extract hash oil from marijuana using kitchen appliances and butane when the explosion occurred, which knocked out windows in the home near West Roger and North Pomona roads.

But this isn't the first time this type of incident has occurred.

Tucson police tell us a similar incident happened just a couple months ago at a hotel.

On April 8 of this year, two people were arrested for a drug related explosion, cooking out hash oil in a room at a Hilton in the 7600 block of E. Broadway Blvd, according to investigators.

Tucson Police say a couple had rented a room for the purpose of cooking pot, and about two hours later, emergency crews were called out.

"The fire alarm went off [and] they began evacuating everyone. By the time they got up to the room to inspect the fire, they found the sheetrock burned, mattresses burned, clothes were burned, marijuana strewn throughout the room."

The suspects were arrested after they apparently went to the hospital to be treated for burns.

Andrew Stafford, 20, and Odessa Rodriguez, 24, were charged with 1 count of felony criminal damage, one count of unlawful possession of marijuana and one count of unlawful possession of a narcotic drug.

Back in February, FEMA issued an alert on this way of cooking pot with butane, saying this activity appears to be more common along the west coast.

Tucson Police urge people to report all drug activity by dialing 88-CRIME.

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