Two arrested after hashish lab explosion
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Two people that were injured in Monday's explosion at the Douglas Inn have been arrested by DINT detectives on charges related to the incident, which they say was a hashish manufacturing operation gone wrong.
April Dawn Shipp, 21, and Charles Edward Shipp, 48, both of Roseburg, were both arrested on Tuesday afternoon. A third person, Jerri Lynn LaBonte, 47, who was listed as the room's renter, was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Roseburg police and fire crews were called to the Douglas Inn on SE Stephens Street just before 2:00 p.m. Monday, to the report of an explosion that destroyed the room and damaged another.
Police say the Shipps, along with Thomas William Diefel, 29, were taken to Mercy Medical Center, where all three were treated and released.
DINT released the following regarding the investigation:
DINT's investigation found the explosion had been caused a process used to extract hashish from marijuana leaves. The occupants of the room used a large PVC type pipe filled with marijuana and closed on both ends. They then injected a large quantity of butane into the enclosed pipe. The THC (active ingredient in marijuana) then separated from the marijuana leaves and was placed on a hot plate in the bathroom of the motel room. The occupants of the motel room then introduced a flame to the ingredients on the hot plate. That was point that the butane exploded. Butane is highly flammable and explosive in enclosed spaces.
The explosion blew the large window and window frame out of the motel room and burned the three subjects. It also blew a hole in the ceiling of the bathroom.
The investigation indicates that the two males were actively cooking when the explosion occurred. After the explosion, April Shipp grabbed the black PVC pipe used in the extraction process and left the scene. She left the item at a friend's residence and returned to the motel before police officers knew she had left. DINT recovered the black PVC pipe used in the extraction process on 07-24-12, and April Shipp was arrested for Tampering With Physical Evidence.
Charles Shipp was also contacted on 07-24-12, and was arrested for several charges which are listed above. Both Charles Shipp and April Shipp were processed and released from Douglas County Corrections due to their injuries.
DINT has been unable to locate Thomas William Diefel at this time. He is a resident of Washington State.
Jerri LaBonte was not involved in cooking the hashish, but she was in possession of a small amount of marijuana and was cited for Unlawful Possession of Less Than 1 Ounce of Marijuana.