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Hash lab suspect federally indicted
EUREKA- One of the suspect’s accused of illegally manufacturing hash oil that caused an explosion inside of an apartment has been indicted by a federal grand jury. According to detectives with the Eureka Police Department Logan Hughes, 21 and Andrea Ruiz-Guerrero, 19 were at their Willow Bay apartment on Searles St. with a third party manufacturing hash oil when an explosion occurred on Aug. 2.
At their arraignment the couple both pled not guilty to felony charges that included one count of child endangerment and one count of manufacturing a controlled substance. According to a neighbor when the blast happened both Hughes and Ruiz-Guerrero ran out of the apartment and left their two-year old son inside before the neighbor went in to help. The toddler was taken to Shriners Hospital in Sacramento and suffered second and third-degree burns to 45 percent of his body. Doctors said he would undergo numerous skin graphing surgeries throughout his lifetime.
In Sept. during their preliminary hearing two witnesses took the stand and testified that a third party was inside of the apartment when the explosion occurred. According to the third party, he and Hughes were inside of the downstairs bathroom extracting hash oil when Ruiz-Guererro opened the door and then an explosion occurred. The prosecution argued that both Hughes and Ruiz-Guerrero invited the third party to the apartment to make the hash oil, but the defense argued that Ruiz-Guerrero was unaware of what was happening in the bathroom.
In a later preliminary hearing Ruiz-Guerrero had one felony count of manufacturing a controlled substance dropped, but was still held to answer on the remaining felony child endangerment charge for her toddler son and for her unborn child. The Humboldt County District Attorney's Office added an additional felony charge however for being an accessory after the crime occurred.
As for Hughes, officials said his case was turned over to the FBI who then handed it to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. It is unknown when Hughes is expected to be back in court, Ruiz-Guerrero will begin her trial in Nov.