Steamboat Springs A Hayden man faces felony drug charges after he was found in possession of a methamphetamine lab.
Daniel Balazs, 30, was arrested Wednesday after an investigation by agents from the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team revealed evidence alleging he was manufacturing the illegal drug in his home.
The Hayden Police Department received information that Balazs had purchased the ingredients used to make methamphetamine. Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan forwarded the reports to GRAMNET last week.
GRAMNET obtained a search warrant to search Balazs' residence and discovered several ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, the agency reported.
Balazs allegedly finished all the precursors related to the manufacture of methamphetamine, said Dwight Murphy, GRAMNET Task Force Commander.
Balazs was using what is called the "red, white and blue" cooking method, Murphy said, which involves the use of pseudoephedrine, red phosphorous and blue iodine.
Police believe the lab actually blew up in Balazs' face, as his hair was singed and there were burn marks on his face and hand, Murphy said.
Balazs faces charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of bail bond condition.
His next court appearance has been set for August.
Balazs will likely remain in the Routt County Jail until his August court appearance, said David Moffat, deputy.
Balazs already faces two prior felony convictions for criminal trespass and the theft of a cell phone. Two more felony convictions could be added if Balazs is found guilty.
Murphy said he appreciated the assistance of the Hayden Police Department. "It was a joint effort between the two of us to make it work," he said.