Mark Petrina, a 28-year-old Vail resident, is facing multiple felony charges following his arrest on Friday, Dec. 11. The arrest follows a joint investigation by the Vail Police Department and the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office which confirmed reports of an illegal hash oil lab at Petrina’s residence in the Intermountain neighborhood in West Vail, following an anonymous tip from the community. Investigators secured and executed a search warrant for Petrina’s home, located within a multi-unit complex, on Dec. 11. In addition to the illegal butane hash oil lab, investigators seized U.S. currency, marijuana and marijuana concentrate.
The process of butane hash oil extraction is known to be highly volatile and has resulted in three previous explosions in Eagle County since the legalization of recreational marijuana. The production of butane hash oil is a level two drug felony.
Petrina is the store manager of the recreational marijuana dispensary, Native Roots in Eagle-Vail. Investigators say the amount of the butane involved would be capable of producing hash oil product with a street value of approximately $34,000.
Petrina has been charged with extraction of marijuana concentrate and offenses relating to marijuana.
“The brazen disregard for the safety of surrounding residents is unacceptable,” said Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger. “Swift action allowed us to stay ahead of a potentially catastrophic outcome.” Chief Henninger credited a strong partnership with the community in reporting the suspicious activity as well as a collaborative investigation strategy with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and the Eagle County District Attorney’s Office in making the arrest.
Anyone with information about this incident, or wishing to report suspicious activity, is encouraged to contact the Vail Public Safety Communications Center at 970-479-2201. Callers may remain anonymous.
A persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until the contrary is proven in a court of law.
Contact: Sgt. Jessica Tice
Vail Police, 970-479-2209