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Two arrests after “clandestine narcotics lab” found in SLC apartment

SLC Fire, hazmat, and health officials were all called to the scene of a fire in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday. Photo credit: SLC Fire

SALT LAKE CITY — Police booked two people into the Salt Lake County jail early Sunday morning on suspicion of operating a “clandestine narcotics lab” in a downtown Salt Lake City apartment building, the scene of a fire the day before.

Investigators accused Brianna Westre, age 22, and Ryan Joseph Cahouet, age 26, of operating a drug lab, a felony offense.

Westre has outstanding third- and second-degree felony warrants for the previous distribution of a controlled substance, according to charging documents.

Salt Lake City Fire Department contacted police about a possible drug lab after extinguishing the fire at 360 South and 400 West on Saturday afternoon, police said in a probable cause statement.

With a warrant in hand, police searched the suspected narcotics lab and found chemicals and other items used to make illegal drugs, according to the statement.

Police say they also found the amphetamine MDMA (typically called Ecstasy or Molly) along with packaged marijuana and paraphernalia used to smoke drugs. 

The fire and related investigation closed a portion of 360 South and 400 West for a time on Saturday.  Emergency responders treated and released two people at the scene for smoke inhalation.


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