Three Arrested for Murder Because of Fatal Explosion in Cannabis Extraction Lab Last November
A detached garage allegedly belonging to David and Tamara Paul caught fire. Three people were badly burned, including Renner. They were all eventually “sent to a burn trauma hospital out of the area,” according to Sgt. John Beauchaine of the Rio Dell Police.
Beauchaine said the Pauls’ detached garage contained “an active concentrated cannabis oil lab which had over 2000 containers of butane.”
On the video below, taken by Desirae Wilson, explosions, probably from the butane canisters, can be heard repeatedly.
The Pauls were allegedly renting their detached garage to Arron Mohr and Xavier Renner in order for the latter two to extract a concentrate from marijuana, Beauchaine explained. Mohr, Renner, and a third unnamed person were at the garage when the place erupted into flames.
Mohr, who had also been burned, was arrested last Wednesday and charged with murder, manufacturing a controlled substance, and manufacturing cannabis using a volatile solvent.
The Pauls were arrested yesterday. “David was arrested during a traffic stop around 12:30 p.m.,” according to Beauchaine. “[Tamara] was arrested around 1:30 at their residence.”
The two were charged with murder, manufacturing a controlled substance, manufacturing cannabis using a volatile solvent, operating a drug house, felony child endangerment, and possession of a controlled substance. After their arrest, their children were “housed with family members,” Beauchaine said.
Note: This death was not originally included in the record number of homicides in Humboldt County last year. This brings the number to 22 by our count.
Earlier Chapters: Structure Fire With Explosion and Injuries in Rio Dell