Man suspected of making marijuana concentrate
Steamboat Springs — A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of producing marijuana concentrate, know as “ear wax.”
Charles J. Douglas III was being held on suspicion of felony unlawful manufacturing of marijuana concentrate and reckless endangerment. Douglas was advised of his rights by a judge, and he was given a $20,000 personal recognizance bond.
Douglas told police he did not know it was illegal to make ear wax.
Making the substance can be extremely dangerous because flammable gases like propane and butane are oftentimes used. In June of 2013, an explosion occurred inside a unit at The Pines condominiums while ear wax was being made. Three teenagers were injured.
According to an arrest affidavit, police were contacted Thursday by Douglas’ roommate, who told police Douglas was making ear wax Wednesday night at their apartment at the Ponds in the 700 block of Walton Pond Circle.
The roommate said he came home Wednesday night, opened the door and saw Douglas in the kitchen with a bandana over his face. The roommate quickly left and returned later to find Douglas holding a baking dish.
“Yo man, this is how you make wax,” Douglas told his roommate, according to the affidavit.
The roommate said the whole apartment smelled like butane and stunk.
The roommate consented to police searching the apartment. Inside, police found ear wax, and products used to make ear wax, according to the affidavit.
Police contacted Douglas at work. According to the affidavit, Douglas told police he thought it was legal to make the substance in Colorado.
Douglas told police he learned how to make ear wax on YouTube. He said he knew it was dangerous and said he was making the substance outside.
Douglas was then arrested and taken to Routt County Jail.
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