Dismantling of two large Newton drug labs
2020-10-09 01:19 PDT
On Thursday October 1, 2020, Surrey RCMP, the CFSEU-BC’s Anti-Trafficking Task Force, E Division RCMP Federal CLEAR team, Surrey Fire Department and Vancouver Police Department Drug Section, engaged in a joint operation to dismantle a sophisticated illicit drug lab and stash site both located in commercial buildings.
Because of the size and complexity of the two large facilities, one located in the 8200 block 124th Street and the other in the 12800 block of 76th Avenue, it took officers from the three agencies until Monday, October 5, to safely dismantle the equipment, remove all of the toxic materials, and mitigate any future risks to the public.
The materials removed from two locations are still being catalogued and Health Canada laboratories need to conduct their various analyses, but early indications are that these appear to be two large suspected fentanyl-related production labs.
Items seized from the two locations include:
- A 9mm handgun;
- A .22 cal Beretta handgun (stolen from a Break and Enter in Coquitlam);
- Approximately 4 kilograms of white powder believed to be Fentanyl related (Health Canada analysis pending); and
- Over 1100 liters of precursors / and waste was identified (Health Canada took samples – analysis pending).
- Approximately 6.8 kilograms of Fentanyl (analysis pending)
- Small amount of cutting agent. (analysis pending).
The investigation is ongoing and further updates will come later once results from the Health Canada analysis are returned and confirmed. Police are working with the City of Surrey to ensure that the property is safe and remediated to eliminate any risks that the various chemicals may have had.
This was a sophisticated illicit drug production site which had equipment capable of producing over two million street doses per week, says RCMP Federal CLEAR team clandestine lab response team leader and subject matter expert Corporal. John Hartnett.
The continued demand for illicit drugs in the Lower Mainland Region is contributing to an increase in local drug manufacturing labs. Surrey RCMP and CFSEU and Vancouver Police remain committed to working together to dismantle these criminal operations.
Cpl. Elenore Sturko
Media Relations Officer
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3X 1A9
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