RICHMOND (NEWS 1130) — Richmond RCMP arrested six people in connection with three drug labs in the city.
The alleged laboratories were the subject of an RCMP investigation started back in March and finally came to a head with Mounties busting up the operations on October 28.
Over the last 8 months, Richmond RCMP Organized Crime Unit, along with the assistance of multiple Richmond RCMP investigative units have been called upon to spend countless hours to bring the project to this point, said Constable Kenneth Lau, in a release.
As a result of their meticulous work, they uncovered three locations with suspected drug manufacturing labs, all within the city of Richmond
The warrants were enforced with help from the Federal RCMP Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) team, Richmond Fire-Rescue’s HAZMAT team, Health Canada chemists and BC Emergency Health Services paramedics to dismantle the sites safely.
Richmond RCMP found a large amount of illicit street drugs, pill presses, cash, expensive items and firearms at the three locations.
The haul includes:
- 300,000 doses of suspected methamphetamine and 200kg of extracted precursors
- 6,810 doses of suspected fentanyl
- 2,000 doses of illicit cannabis
- three pill presses which could, altogether, press 30,000 pills an hour
- six firearms, including four carbine-style rifles, two handguns, high capacity magazines and firearm suppressors.
Richmond RCMP are also asking the public to do their part in stopping drug labs from popping up and to check for warning signs.
Signs include seeing the occupants always home or never home and being secretive and unfriendly when you’re around.
Another is to watch for strange items entering the home such as buckets of chemicals, pill presses and laboratory glassware along with added security systems.
Also, smelling strong chemicals, like acids and solvents, could be a sign of a possible drug lab.
If you have any further information about this investigation or other criminal activity you’re asked to contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.solvecrime.ca, if you wish to remain anonymous.