PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. - The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office arrested a married couple on Tuesday in connection with a butane hash oil lab explosion at their home in eastern Pueblo County.
Michael Scott Gardner, 41, and Jesucita Gardner, 39, have been arrested and booked into the Pueblo County jail.
The explosion happened at their home in the 25000 block of Pleasant View Place at around 2 a.m.
When deputies got to the home, they found a refrigerator on the patio that was completely destroyed.
Michael told deputies that he thought someone had put a stick of dynamite in his refrigerator. However, after taking a look around, deputies found what they believed to be marijuana in the refrigerator and items that are normally used in a butane hash oil lab such as butane canisters and plastic packaging bags.
They also found a torn trash bag filled with marijuana plants, broken glass jars and pieces of insulation from the refrigerator.
When law enforcement went back to Michael, he admitted that he was making marijuana hash oil in his backyard. He said when he had finished the manufacturing process at around 1 a.m., he put it in his freezer and went to bed.
Shortly after, Michael said he heard an explosion in the backyard, and when he went to check to see what it was, he noticed the refrigerator was destroyed. Gardner said he called 911 and then began to clean up from the incident.
Gardner said his wife, Jesucita Gardner, helped him load some of the marijuana and glass remnants from the explosion and put them in her vehicle. Jesucita then drove away from their home but was stopped a short time later by deputies and arrested.
Michael was arrested for unlawful extraction of marijuana concentrate; possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute marijuana concentrate, tampering with evidence and reckless endangerment.
Jesucita was arrested for unlawful extraction of marijuana concentrate.