Woman arrested in drug lab blast


Police arrested a 28-year-old Puna woman in connection with a drug-related explosion that sent a man to the hospital with severe injuries.

Savannah Maloof of Keaau was arrested Monday afternoon on suspicion of first-degree promotion of marijuana, second-degree promotion of marijuana, first-degree promotion of a harmful drug, promotion of a detrimental drug and four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released from custody pending further investigation Tuesday.

At 8:16 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of a loud explosion at a home on 17th Street in Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision. When officers arrived, fire department personnel were already at the scene, where smoke was present but not flames.

The blast knocked out windows, melted plumbing fixtures and blew the doors off cabinets.

The sole occupant at the time, a 30-year-old Keaau man, was initially taken to the Hawaiian Paradise Park fire station by private vehicle. He was then taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center with third-degree burns. He was later transferred to a hospital on Oahu.

Maloof, who also lives at the house, was not home at the time of the explosion.

Police recovered 102 marijuana plants from an indoor growing operation, more than an ounce of butane honey oil (a marijuana byproduct) in several stages of manufacture, three e-cigarettes and components associated with the manufacture of butane honey oil.

Police ask anyone with information about any butane honey oil lab to call the police nonemergency line at 935-3311. Those who prefer to remain anonymity may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

 

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