Arrest Made in Case Involving the Marijuana Butane Hash Oil Explosion at the Monument Inn on March 9, 2014 #GVCopBeat
The Grand Junction Police Department investigation of the marijuana butane hash oil explosion at the Monument Inn last March has led to an arrest warrant for 30-year-old Matthew Todd Simms. The charges included in the warrant are manufacturing marijuana concentrate, 4th degree arson by placing property of another in danger of damage and other in danger of serious injury, and reckless endangerment. A Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Simms on that warrant and booked him into jail on May 11.
Simms is suspected of trying to manufacture marijuana concentrate (hash oil) in a hotel room at the Monument Inn using a process involving butane. The butane ignited, causing an explosion that burned Simms. Several other people were also in the room at the time.
Arson Investigation Underway After Second Confirmed Butane Hash Oil Explosion in Grand Junction in Less Than a Month #GVCopBeat
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating another explosion believed to have been caused by marijuana butane hash oil extraction.
Just before 8:00pm Wednesday night, officers were dispatched to conduct a welfare check at a home in the 1700 block of Roubideau St. A person had found a PVC pipe burning in a neighbor’s backyard and extinguished it with a hose. That neighbor then tried to contact the people who lived at the home, and called 911 when no one answered the door.
The responding officer requested assistance from the Grand Junction Fire Department who entered the residence but did not find any occupants. They did find smoke inside the residence and evidence of an explosion and a small fire which was extinguished. Further investigation by the police and fire investigators found evidence of marijuana butane hash oil extraction at the site of the explosion.
Investigators later located the person who lives at the home and who is suspected of creating the explosion at St. Mary’s Hospital where he was being treated. He had been transported there by family members.
The residence appears to have been divided into two apartments. We believe the suspect and one other person were inside their residence where the explosion occurred. A third person was inside the adjoining apartment at the time of the explosion. The walls of both apartments were damaged during the explosion and subsequent fire.
The arson investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made at this point.