Anaheim Police Seeking Person of Interest in Drug Lab Explosion

The Anaheim Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating a person of interest in an explosion at a butane honey oil extraction lab late Wednesday.

The explosion was first reported about 9:55 p.m. at a strip mall at 410 S. Euclid St.

Firefighters managed to put out the flames quickly, officials said. Damage was limited to approximately $20,000, police said.

Witnesses reported seeing a man running from the area with extensive burns, but that man has not yet been located.

Evidence at the scene indicates Frederic Tabora, 35, of Anaheim, was possibly involved in the incident, Anaheim police said in a news release.

Tabora was arrested after a similar BHO lab explosion in January 2016 at 2000 West Blue Violet Court in Anaheim. That caused more than $450,000 in structural damage, police said.

BHO extraction involves heating explosive gases to extract THC from cannabis leaves.

Police said BHO labs have been on the rise in California over the past several years, and noted a state law that went into effect in 2016 makes it an aggravated felony to make hash oil within 300 feet of an occupied home or structure.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS, or at occrimestoppers.org.

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