- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Portland have charged three men this week in two separate explosions tied to the dangerous practice of extracting hash oil from marijuana.

The U.S. attorney’s office says that in each case, the men are charged with endangering human life while manufacturing controlled substances, and manufacturing hash oil.

The extraction process involves the use of flammable butane.

Jose Rios-Soto and Dennis Tapia-Garcia are charged in a Nov. 23 explosion and fire in a gas station restroom in the Portland suburb of Tigard.

Prosecutors say Edwin Stacy is charged in a Dec. 8 explosion and fire that blew out an exterior wall at a Portland apartment complex. Prosecutors say Stacy lit a cigarette while making hash oil.



It wasn’t known late Thursday whether the men had lawyers.

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