- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - One of five Rhode Island men charged in connection with three fires linked to the manufacture of hash oil has pleaded guilty.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/24QD8n7 ) 41-year-old Scott Slagel entered the plea in Providence on Friday to one count of endangering lives while illegally manufacturing a controlled substance.

The Westerly man remains free on bail while awaiting sentencing in August. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Slagel was arrested after federal agents seized marijuana plants and equipment used to make hash oil from the scene of a fire at the Morningside condominium complex in Westerly Nov. 27.

His attorney couldn’t be reached for comment.

The other four men have pleaded not guilty.

Officials say the production of butane hash oil has risen with more states legalizing marijuana.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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