For Immediate Release
Sergeant Anthony Prencipe
On January 15, 2019, Emergency personnel (EDSO Patrol, CHP, and various fire personnel) were dispatched to a report of a structure fire at a residence in the area of Meyers CA. Upon arrival emergency personnel found a substantial amount of the home engulfed in flames. While attempting to render the scene safe emergency personnel located what was recognized to be specialized equipment associated to making BHO (Butane Honey Oil)/concentrated cannabis.
One subject was contacted at the scene and witness statements described other individuals fleeing the rental property prior to law enforcement’s arrival. Evidence indicates this illegal drug lab was being operated by a group of individuals working together to produce BHO. The subject contacted on scene was identified as Benjamin Rahrle, age 25. He was booked into the El Dorado County Jail for manufacturing a controlled substance.
The rental home, which is located in a residential neighborhood, was heavily damaged. Based on the volatility of butane and the process of producing BHO, there is a substantial risk to public safety in regards to causing a fire and/or explosion as butane is a highly flammable substance when introduced to a flame or spark, even as minor as static electricity.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office focuses on keeping the county safe from individuals placing the public’s safety at risk and continues to request the community’s help in providing information anytime these activities are suspected.