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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Person of Interest Sought in Butane Honey Oil Extraction Explosion

Fire Police Press Release

ANAHEIM, CA - (July 11, 2019) - Anaheim PD investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating a person of interest in a Butane Honey Oil extraction laboratory explosion late Wednesday night at 410 S. Euclid Street. Police and Firefighters responded to a call of an explosion and fire at 9:53 pm. The fire was quickly extinguished and damage was limited to approximately $20,000.

Investigators determined the explosion and subsequent fire was caused when butane came into contact with an ignition source. Witnesses reported a possible male running from the location with extensive burns, but the subject has not yet been located. Evidence at the scene indicates Frederic Tabora, a 35 year old resident of Anaheim, was possibly involved in the illegal operation. Tabora was arrested following a similar BHO lab explosion, which occurred January 20, 2016 at 2000 W. Blue Violet Court in Anaheim. That fire caused more than $450,000 in structural damage.

BHO extraction is a volatile and dangerous process in which explosive gasses are heated in an effort to extract the THC from the cannabis leaves. BHO labs have been on the rise in California over the past several years and are a serious threat to public safety, so much so that former Governor Brown signed SB 212 into law on August 7, 2015. This bill went into law effective January 1, 2016 and makes it an aggravated felony to manufacture hash oil within 300 feet of an occupied residence or structure.

We continue to ask the public to report suspicious activity to local law enforcement. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS, or by email at www.occrimestopers.org. Information leading to an arrest and conviction may result in a reward up to $1000.

Tabora’s previous booking photo is shown below:

Booking photo of Frederic Tabora

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