Danielle Cordova charged in hash oil explosion she blames on mystery cook

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Danielle Cordova. Additional photos and more below.
Were Danielle Cordova, Matt Ackerman and Paul Mannaioni responsible for a hash-oil explosion that seriously burned all three of them? Or were they merely bystanders who were too badly hurt to escape along with several others seen fleeing from the fiery scene?

The Denver District Attorney's Office has charged the trio in the blast. But in an arrest affidavit, Cordova repeatedly insists the person actually responsible got away -- and she doesn't know who he is. Details, photos and the police report below.

See also: Photos: Motel blaze joins our list of top six recent hash-oil explosions

According to the affidavit, the incident in question took place just shy of 1 p.m. on April 23 at 1241 South Lipan Street, an industrial area seen in the following Google Maps screen capture.

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A witness told investigators that he heard multiple loud noises. When he stepped out of his workplace to discover what had happened, he saw six to eight men and one woman fleeing from the scene, with all but three of them -- Ackerman, Mannaioni and Cordova -- managing to get away.

The injuries suffered by the latter explain why they weren't at their peak of escapability. All three are said to have suffered severe burns on their arms and legs, with a doctor subsequently finding that they stood a substantial chance of "serious permanent disfigurement." Cordova, for example, suffered second-degree burns.

Meanwhile, firefighters concentrated on dousing a tent behind the building that was engulfed in flames. Responders made note of "numerous butane cans labeled 'Meteor 7X,' metal pipes and suspected marijuana on the ground, which were all on fire."

The injured parties were transported to Denver Health, where they were subsequently quizzed by investigators. Ackerman maintained that he had gone to the building to watch a hash oil extraction, only to be caught in an explosion about twenty minutes later. Cordova's story was similar: She said she went to the address with friends to watch people she didn't know make hash oil only to see it go boom instead.

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A photo of the tent post-explosion courtesy of CBS4.
And Mannaioni? He declined to speak before consulting an attorney, but a nurse who treated him wrote out a statement claiming he'd told her that he, Ackerman and Cordova were under the tent "to keep bugs out while they made 'Ear Wax Hash' using butane," the report says. The narrative adds: "Mannaioni explained they were using clippings of marijuana stems and melting them down with butane when it collected in a dish and ignited. Mannaioni stated that the fireball blew up in their faces, engulfing them in the enclosed tent."

Not long thereafter, officers found "a brown box labeled Power 5X Super-Refined Butane Fuel" in a Ford Expedition owned by Ackerman.

Nonetheless, Cordova didn't roll over on Ackerman, described as her boyfriend. In an interview in late May, she reportedly admitted being inside the tent with Ackerman and Mannaioni when the explosion took place, but when asked who was doing the extraction, she said, "That we don't know! Because there was nobody back there, so that's why we don't know."

When the investigator pressed Cordova for more information about the mystery cookers, the report says she became very upset, began to cry and refused to answer any more questions.

The inquiries aren't over. Each member of the trio has been charged with processing or manufacturing marijuana concentrate -- something none of them are licensed with the state to do. They're due back in court later this month.

Look below to see full-size booking photos for all three, followed by the arrest affidavit.

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Matthew Ackerman.

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Paul Mannaioni.

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Danielle Cordova.

Ackerman-Cordova-Mannaioni Affidavit

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jpsnipeu2
jpsnipeu2

People questioning grammar?  You do know this Colorado journalism right?

Jeremy Wetzel
Jeremy Wetzel

Come on, give westword a break, I mean after all, when you trade ad space for "product", you're gonna have a lot of weed to smoke. I'm surprised everyone else didn't think of that.

Rob Timlin
Rob Timlin

I'm guessing the cook was the Westword Social Media Editor "How".

Michael Roque
Michael Roque

hahaha "Real weed smokers" this fucking guy^^

Sammy River
Sammy River

Only idiots use a flammable substance to extract something already in pure form from the earth. Damn dabbers f##### it up for all of us REAL WEED SMOKERS. Just can't get high enough from the herb, no I want to blow shit up and feel so high I look like a burn out to all who see me and help take back the freedom we have worked so hard to gain...greedy bastards.

Bubba Garcia
Bubba Garcia

Actually looks like a air compressor but still it has an engine and a spark plug!

Bubba Garcia
Bubba Garcia

If you look at the pics they are open blasting right next to what looks like a generator or something of that sort which has a engine on top of it which was probably running!! Any lil spark can cause those gases to blow up. George is right all it takes is a small static spark to ignite!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Other DA's have charged clueless stoners with ARSON when butane bimbos blow up their abodes.


A fire that occurs as a result of a criminal act is Arson, and one that severely injures or kills people is First Degree Arson -- same penalty as Felony Murder.


They should be thankful that the Denver DA is soft on crime.




Violeta Luz
Violeta Luz

Who* apparently any hack with a laptop is a writer.

Peter Stimson
Peter Stimson

Who was cooking* you guys are a news publication, you might want to proofread this kinda stuff before you publish it...

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

You guys need to check your spelling when you post subjects

Matthew Kinslow
Matthew Kinslow

I've heard it called cooking... I mean you do cook it to get it to evaporate out

Mark J Pastika
Mark J Pastika

How was cooking Who was in the kitchen I don't know was in the livingroom.

George T. Moon
George T. Moon

Also, if they were blasting in a closed tent as the article says, they were asking for an accumulation of the gas which even a static spark can ignite.

George T. Moon
George T. Moon

The article says Mannaioni told a nurse they were "melting down" clippings of marijuana stems. As a former industry professional, I can easily see that these folks had no clue what they were doing. Making BHO is kind of like driving a car or skiiing; pretty damn safe if you know how, but reckless if not.

George T. Moon
George T. Moon

You don't cook hash oil. It's a simple single solvent extraction. Please stop talking about it like meth. This is medicine and only idiots blow themselves up with it. Natural selection

Nick Hays
Nick Hays

'Who was cooking on first?', 'That's what I'm saying...'

Che Weller
Che Weller

If your open blasting. You'll probably be blasted.

Aln Sngstr
Aln Sngstr

delete and repost. you're welcome.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase "C.R.S. 18-18-406 (2) (a) (I):  "It is unlawful for a person to knowingly process or manufacture any marijuana or marijuana concentrate or knowingly allow to be processed or manufactured on land owned, occupied, or controlled by him or her any marijuana or marijuana concentrate ..."



Manufacturing = Cultivation



And the clueless stoners -- fed inaccurate and deceptive bullshit by idiotic journalists and partially lobotomized "activists" -- think Senator Pat Steadman is their "pro-pot" pal, because he's gay and pretends to be liberal, while making new and exciting FELONIES against Individual Marijuana Users, Growers, Caregivers and Patients, and failing to REPEAL a single pre-existing marijuana Felony.


No wonder Marijuana is not LEGAL, and will never be LEGAL in the U$A ... the constituents are too stupid to know when they are being manipulated into voting against their own self-interests, and too numb to any longer feel that fist of government regulation being repeatedly rammed up their collective rectums.


Mission Accomplished! -- Stay the Course!




DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Detective Kafer met with Attorney Matthew Buck with Corey and Associates who was representing Christopher Miller, DOB 04-08-79 the property manage of 1241 South Lipan St. Matthew Buck states that 1241 South Lipan St. was a co-op for growing marijuana 

and that his client Miller was just the property manager. Buck states that his client Miller had no knowledge of Butane Hash Oil extractions at the location and he was not present at the time of the explosion. Buck did provide your affiant with 3 Patient / Providers and Physician recommendations to cover 225 plants. Your affiant located 168 plants inside the grow rooms at 1241 South Lipan St.



Priceless !! ... another one of Rob Corry's idiocies -- a "co-op" of fools and brain-dead bong-sucking stoners all sharing the same grow space, what could possibly go wrong with sharing space with other morons who have no fucking clue how to grow and safely extract hash oil?


Only 3 (three) patient recs for 225 plants? 


... and 168 plants at the location, with anything over 100 facing a minimum mandatory 5 years in federal prison? 


And the manager's specious claim that they didn't know about the oil extraction does nothing to mitigate their ADMITTED GUILT in the Federal and State Crime of "Maintaining a Drug Involved Premises", rendering the property forfeit and seizable and the landlord AND manager CRIMINALLY LIABLE.


If Corry and Associates previously advised these fools that their "co-op" was in any way, shape or form "legal" they should be immediately disbarred for legal malpractice, and should share a prison cell with their soon to be convicted client(s).






DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hey Ryan ... yeah you, Ryan Cordova! ... is this another one of your idiot relatives in trouble with the law ??


Remember, fucktard -- REGULATION WORKS!! -- YOU Voted for it !!



jpsnipeu2
jpsnipeu2

You're the only idiot I've noticed so far!  All on your own, what an accomplishment huh!

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay The operation of state and federal courts is distinct:  people arrested on State charges are not "facing a minimum mandatory 5 years in federal prison" (nor are their plants).

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Your affiant then contacted the second victim (criminal suspect) Paul Mannaione DOB 04-17-90 who was also severely burned over his entire body. Your affiant advised Mannaione of his rights. Mainnaine [sic] acknowledged his rights but wanted to speak with an attorney first. This concluded the interview.


Good choice !!



Office J Moore spoke to attending Nurse S. McPherson. Nurse Mcphereson wrote out a statement. The statement stated that Paul Mannaionoi [sic], Matthew Ackerman and Danielle Cordova arrived at Denver Health Emergency Department by the Denver Health Paramedic Division. 


Paul Mannaioni [sic] explained to Nurse Mcpeherson [sic] that the three of them were inside of an enclosed tent to keep bugs out while them made "Ear Wax Hash" using Butane. 


Epic Criminal Confession FAIL !!



Mannaioni [sic] explained they were using clippings of marijuana stems and melting them down with butane when it collected in a dish and ignited.



"Melting" "clippings of stems" with butane ???


LOL! ... silly stoners, that's not how you make hash oil.





DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Detective  Masciangelo responded to Denver Health Medical Facility to interview the victims (a.k.a. Criminal Suspects). Upon arrival your affiant contacted Matt Ackerman DOB 02-22-90 who was severely burned and unable to write. Your affiant advised Ackerman  who understood and waived his rights, Ackerman agreed to speak with your affiant.



Epic Legal FAIL!

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Cordova is one of the most common last names on the planet, but nice try.

Looks like the worthless little Westword troll is so obsessed with me that he's trying to find relatives where there are none.

Way to accomplish.... something.

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

@robert They can be prosecuted in both state and federal court for the same conduct.

Being they were not in "unambiguous compliance" with state law, federal prosecution would fall within current prosecutorial guidelines.

Since there were more than 100 plants that triggers mandatory minimums which is another federal prosecution indicator.

The valuable commercial real estate can be easily seized in civil forfeiture action making that the proverbial icing on the cake to trigger federal action while remaining within the Cole / Holder prosecution guidelines.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ryan.cordova ... so that other Cordova, the one who drunkenly crashed into and destroyed the Tourist Kiosk at the Boulder Scenic Overlook on US36 wasn't related to you either, eh?


Well, even if Danielle isn't recently related to you, the least you could do for someone sharing your name is provide her with a free xtra-large tube of Astroglide ... as she's about to receive the ENTIRE FIST of REGULATION that fools and tools like you begged for.


Remember bitch -- REGULATION WORKS! ... for the regulators and the greedy big $$ dispensary cartels who pay those regulators to crack-down on individual growers / patients / caregivers / users ... with the FULL PENALTY of CRIMINAL FELONY law !!





RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@Hot.Sauce -- sorry you still don't understand Donkey's mistake; these defendants are not now "facing a minimum mandatory 5 years in federal prison" -- the use of that phrase implies that charges have already been filed in federal court, and that is not the case.

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @ryan.cordova I love how you've yet to provide evidence of anything and have been thoroughly whipped on this very forum so many times that I've lost count.


And yet you keep coming back, begging to get school publicly one more time.

Hey, I know, why don't you tell me again about how smoking pot wasn't a crime in Colorado before A64 and how it wasn't going to change anything.

Clearly you were SOOO right about that one.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase @Hot.Sauce


As noted by multiple posters, it would be trivially easy for the Feds to prosecute this case, and it would be a slam-dunk guaranteed conviction with minimum mandatory prison, plus the easy asset forfeiture. 


The hapless fools would have NO DEFENSE.


The cops also seized over 30 POUNDS of marijuana and 2+ POUNDS of concentrate, FAR MORE than the 2 pathetic ounces per patient allowed by A20. Even with the quack doctor referral for crazy increased plant counts of 75 plants / patient, there isn't a doctor out there foolish enough to also write a weight recommendation of 10+ pounds per patient.


According to the affidavit, the Denver DA could also add Felony possession and possession with intent to distribute charges based on those weights -- they can amend the charges anytime up until trial.


The Feds can and do often wait ~24 months before they indict, as the perps are sitting ducks.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ryan.cordova <== still a retard


Prior to A64 possession of less than 2 (two) ounces of RECREATIONAL pot was NOT a Jailable offense for ANYONE of ANY AGE -- it was a petty offense with only a fine, no arrest, no jail time.


Your worthless turd A64 only allows 1 (one) pathetic ounce, and excludes EVERYONE under 21 -- adults included -- from any protection.


Yet lying scumbags like you, Vicente, Tvert and Robert Chase FALSELY asserted that A64 would prevent 10,000 ARRESTS for marijuana every year in Colorado.


Hey, jackass, be sure to tell Danielle Cordova that, since she was under 21, YOU and Prohibitionists like you, VOTED to DENY her ANY LEGAL ACCESS to recreational marijuana, and that you support the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartel's monopoly on medical concentrates and extracts, under FELONY penalty for ANY Patient / Caregiver / User who would dare make their own.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @RobertChase @Hot.Sauce Just look at all the verbiage wasted above because of your inaccurate use of language!  The Feds have their show-trial coming up -- the case of the guy in Longmont accused of supplying high school students with cannabis -- shades of Reefer Madness!

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @ryan.cordova I'll be sure to let her know about all the hard work you haven't done to change a whiff of that.


You know, since I know her so well and all you psychotic little stalker.


I do love that your shifting the goalposts from whether it was an arrestable offense to whether it was jailable.

Because clearly, consistency matters to obnoxious little Westword trolls.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase ... no one forced you to pretend to know anything about the law, or prove that you don't by posting legal nonsense online.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ryan.cordova ... the Petty Offense of Possession of < 2 ounces of rec. pot prior to A64 was a PAPER CITATION with a monetary fine only, no arrest, no jail.



Keep lying, Ryan, it's what you do best.



RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay  You fling unsupported accusations around like a chimp flings shit at the zoo.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase


"Anyone detained by police has been arrested ..." -- Robert Chase


"the precincts of the club were invaded by officers who had not paid so they trespassed" -- Robert Chase



"Colorado's statutes proscribing cannabis with felony penalties are unconstitutional." 

-- Robert Chase

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