Rural Placer drug lab arrestees ID'd

Foresthill explosion sent one to hospital with burns
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Two Foresthill men were identified today as suspects arrested after a butane honey oil lab explosion on a rural Placer County property.

Kenneth Dodson and James Dale Jacques, both 57, were arrested as a result of the December blast in the 5100-block of Finning Mill Road in Foresthill, the Placer County Sheriff's Office said.

Jacques suffered severe burns in the fiery explosion and was airlifted to the UC Davis Regional Burn Center in Sacramento. He spent several weeks at the center recovering from his injuries, the Sheriff's Office said. 

Two "closed loop" systems were discovered on the Finning Mill Road property after the explosion - equipment suspected of being used to manufacture concentrated cannabis using explosive butane, the Sheriff's Office said.

Both men now face charges of manufacturing a controlled substance. Dodson is also charged with maintaining a drug house.

Jacques had recovered enough from his burns to be booked Friday into the South Placer County jail in Roseville, with bail set at $20,000. Dodson is no longer in custody, jail records show.