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Massive drug cooking operation found by police in B.C.

Last Updated Oct 27, 2020 at 6:52 am MST

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LUMBY, B.C. – Charges have been laid against six men after provincial and federal police uncovered what they said was one of the largest illicit drug labs ever found in British Columbia.

RCMP said in a news release that in Oct. 2018, officers with a search warrant entered a property in Lumby, in B.C.’s north Okanagan, and found a massive synthetic drug production operation.

Police said a large quantity of methamphetamine and fentanyl was seized, along with hundreds of litres of chemicals and a significant amount of waste material.

The release said the waste can contaminate the environment and cause great health risks to the public.

It said specialized hazardous waste removal and disposal required in the case cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Five men from B.C. and one from Alberta face several counts of unlawfully possessing chemicals, trafficking and production of a controlled substance.