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Salt Lake officials discover makeshift drug lab after fridge explodes in apartment building Saturday

Salt Lake officials discover makeshift drug lab after fridge explodes in apartment building Saturday

(Graham Dudley, KSL.com)


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SALT LAKE CITY — Two people were arrested Saturday after an explosion in their Salt Lake City apartment led fire officials and police to find a "working and operational" clandestine drug lab.

Ryan Cahouet, 25, and Brianna Westre, 21, are being held on suspicion of drug possession and operating a lab; Westre also has outstanding drug-related felony warrants, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The explosion happened Saturday afternoon in a building near Pioneer Park on 400 West.

Firefighters responded to the unit after a "refrigerator exploded and caught fire." Once they made sure the fire was out, the affidavit says, they alerted police the apartment might be a clandestine lab.

Police obtained a search warrant and found chemicals and other materials used to make drugs. The statement says they also found drug paraphernalia, like a glass pipe, packaged marijuana and MDMA.

The explosion caused portions of the apartment building to be evacuated for a time Saturday afternoon.

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