Meth lab dismantled in Shawnigan Lake

Posted: 21st June 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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A clandestine meth lab in Shawnigan Lake was shut down Tuesday after a dozen  Mounties swarmed a house in the 1600-block of Shawnigan Lake Road. RCMP have an  arrest warrant out for the prime suspect, who is at large.

Shawnigan Lake RCMP searched the residence and surrounding outbuildings  around 11:35 a.m. and found methamphetamine, chemicals suspected of being used  to make methamphetamine, and street-level drugs including mushrooms, ecstasy and  marijuana. Police also seized about $1,000 cash.

Shawnigan Lake RCMP became aware of the possible drug operation after an  assault between two residents in the home Monday.

The search required the help of a police dog team from North Cowichan/Duncan  RCMP, RCMP clandestine-lab team and Mounties from the Island district federal  drug section. Shawnigan Lake volunteer fire department and B.C. Ambulance  paramedics were also on scene given the toxicity of the drug haul.

Most of the chemicals were stored in the outbuildings, which have been sealed  off. Clandestine-lab investigators indicated there were no environmental  concerns. A local environmental company came in to remove harmful chemicals.

The home was empty when the police raided and Mounties are looking for the  suspect, a man in his 30s. Shawnigan Lake RCMP are waiting for the crown to  approve assault and drug charges and have not yet released the man’s name.

Staff Sgt. Rob Webb said it’s not clear how long the drug operation has been  running but the two residents moved in in the last three or four months.

Webb said a methamphetamine lab in Shawnigan Lake is extremely rare.

“We certainly feel good in getting this out of the community,” Webb said.

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