Palm Springs man faces felony charges for honey oil lab explosion

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INDIO (CNS) – Felony charges were filed today against a man accused in a marijuana honey oil lab explosion in a Palm Springs apartment that left a woman with serious injuries.
Ryan Martin, 25, of Palm Springs pleaded not guilty to one count each of causing a fire that caused great bodily injury and conspiracy to commit a crime.

He’s being held in lieu of $500,000 bail and is due back at the Larson Justice Center on Oct. 28 for a felony settlement conference.

The explosion occurred in the 600 block of East Vista Chino Road around 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Palm Springs Police Department, which reported that investigators determined it was caused by a cigarette that had been lit during the manufacturing of honey oil.

Martin and the 22-year-old unidentified woman got themselves to Desert Regional Medical Center, according to police, who described her injuries as major and Martin’s as minor.
Martin was arrested at the hospital and booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

A third occupant of the apartment was transported to a medical center with injuries of unspecified severity and was questioned by investigators. That person’s name was also withheld by authorities.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Special Investigations Bureau and the Coachella Valley Narcotics Task Force assisted Palm Springs police with the investigation.

Honey oil is created when parts of the marijuana plant are soaked in a solvent or blasted with butane gas, which are highly flammable. The result is a substance consumed by smoking, eating or vaporizing. Manufacturing honey oil is a felony.