Two Suspects Arrested in Hash Lab Explosion, HCSO Says

UPDATE April 12, 2016: We have contacted the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office and no charges are being filed in this case “for lack of evidence.” Since people are presumed innocent until proven guilty and no charges are being filed, then Mr. Green-Coutts and Mr. Pound, are considered innocent of the charges in the eyes of the law. 

Original Post: This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and the individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

David Michael Green/Coutts

David Michael Green/Coutts

William Joseph Pound

William Joseph Pound

On 06-30-2015 at about 11:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office along with personnel from Humboldt Bay Fire Department responded to the reports of a fire/explosion at a residence located in the 6500 block of Second Street, Fields Landings. Once the fire was extinguished officers saw evidence of a butane hash lab in the residence.

Deputies contacted two suspects, who lived at the residence. They were identified as 41 year old, William Joseph Pound and 22 year old, David Michael Green/Coutts. Both suspects were not injured in the explosion. Both Pound and Green/ Coutts were arrested for manufacturing of a chemical extraction hash/honey oil lab. Both suspects were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka and their bail has been set at $500,000 dollars each.

The residence is currently being secured for a search warrant. Officers are seeking a search warrant through Humboldt County Superior Court Judge for the residence. The investigation is now being handled by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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