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Fire leads to suspected 'marijuana butter' maker's arrest in Watertown

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Daniel Fung was arrested after a fire revealed his marijuana butter operation, police said. (Watertown police photo) Daniel Fung was arrested after a fire revealed his marijuana butter operation, police said. (Watertown police photo)
WATERTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

A New York man who rented an apartment in Watertown has been arrested after a fire led police to a marijuana butter making operation.

Watertown police said they arrested Daniel Y. Fung on Monday.

Firefighters and investigators were called to Fung's Main Street second floor apartment on April 7.

Fung had to be transported to Waterbury Hospital for burns.

Once the first was extinguished, investigators found propane gas canisters, other unknown gas canisters, chemical bottles, "marijuana shake" residue, several large chest freezers, a Bunsen burner and several large travel coolers.

See photos of what police discovered here.

Police said the items are typically related to the making of marijuana butter, also known as marijuana oil.

After securing a warrant, investigators recovered a highly sophisticated setup for manufacturing flammable marijuana butane extract.

They also found about 7.5 pounds of marijuana in various stages of the process, including extract that was packaged for sale.

While the source of the fire has yet to be determined, police said Fung was extracting marijuana butter from a room in the apartment.

They charged him with four counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal mischief, operating a drug factory, sale of marijuana, possession of marijuana and sale of marijuana in a school zone.

Fung posted a $200,000 bond and was given a court date of April 25.

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