Curious dog leads to condo fire investigation, drug dealing charges

Published: Nov. 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2013 at 1:01 AM EST
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BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Colorado woman is behind bars after deputies say she and a 29-year-old man started a fire as they were extracting hashish oil at a Beaufort County condo.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office charged 28-year-old Allison Carroll Barber of Denver, Co. with numerous drug dealing charges.

The sheriff's office says the investigation started at the Ocean Gate Villas on 110 S. Forest Beach Dr. Sunday morning. A man said he was walking his dog when the dog began to pull him to the bushes near a condo.

When the man looked in the bushes, he says he saw a metal pot and several pipes filled with what appeared to be marijuana.

Deputies then made contact with the couple in the nearby condo,identified as Barber and William Charles Pohlman, who told them that they had put the marijuana in the bushes the night before when a fire started in their kitchen. Authorities say the couple put the drugs in the bushes before the fire department arrived to put the fire out.

The couple said they were extracting hashish oil from marijuana when a butane canister fell over on the stove. According to authorities, the two suspects said that there was more marijuana in their vehicle, where investigators say they found marijuana, cocaine and MDMA.

Deputies say they also recovered paraphernalia and materials used in the manufacture of hashish oil.

An incident report states Pohlman, also of Denver, Co.,  had suffered extensive burn injuries to his hands as a result of the fire. He was transported to the hospital and later transferred to the Augusta Burn Center for treatment.  

Pohlman is expected to face charges pending his release from the hospital.

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