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Feds indict Nevada man wounded after butane hash oil explosion

March 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Feds indict Nevada man wounded after butane hash oil explosion

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Nevada man wounded after butane hash oil explosion indicted by feds

A Nevada man who was hospitalized after following explosion in his kitchen has been indicted by federal prosecutors for illegally manufacturing butane hash oil.

In an announcement Thursday, U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson said a federal grand jury indicted 22-year-old Adam Fitzgerald-Wermes of Gardnerville of one count of endangering human life while manufacturing a controlled substance.

Eleison said Wermes used a highly flammable butane gas to extract concentrated TCH from marijuana plants to produce a wax-like substance at his apartment back on Jan. 14, which ignited the explosion.

Fitzgerald-Wermes appeared in Reno Federal Court on Thursday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Valerie Cooke, KOLO-TV reported.

The judge scheduled trial to begin on May 8.

Court records don’t indicate if he has a lawyer or will be appointed a public defender.

Fitzgerald-Wermes faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

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