Crime

Federal Way man gets 6 years in prison for hash-oil blast

A 25-year-old Federal Way man was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison for running a hash-oil operation that exploded last year in Puyallup.

Kevin Weeks Jr. previously pleaded guilty to endangering human life while manufacturing a controlled substance, maintaining a drug-involved premises and manufacturing hash oil and marijuana.

On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton called Weeks’ actions “dangerous and stupid.”

“What disturbs the court about this case is the disregard for human life,” Leighton said, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Investigators said Weeks supervised an operation at a home in the 1500 block of Shaw Road East where accomplices used butane to extract oil from hundreds of pounds of marijuana.

Weeks used the oil to make so-called “medibles” and marketed them through a company called Cap’n Cosmics, court records show.

The laboratory, housed in a pop-up trailer, caught fire and exploded in May 2014, hurling butane canisters and other debris throughout the neighborhood. No one was hurt.

A co-defendant, Seth Cleek, was sentenced in June to two years in prison.

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