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The incident started just before 9:00 a.m. Friday when Abbotsford Police Patrol Units were summoned to a rural property in the 2500 block of Lefeurvre Rd. in response to a call of a break and enter in progress. When officers arrived they discovered a large Methamphetamine Lab in the residence prompting them to quickly contain and secure the area. The Abbotsford Police Drug Unit assisted by the R.C.M.P. Clandestine Lab Team and Health Canada Chemists later served a search warrant for the residence and surrounding property. What they found has been described by a senior chemist with 31 years experience who has attended 160 labs in Ontario, B.C. and New Zealand. is the largest Methamphetamine Lab he has ever seen.
This lab was contained in the garage and basement area of the residence and there was approximately $2.5 million worth of Methamphetamine located and seized. This was a very sophisticated lab that required a significant amount of time and energy to set up. The operation had the ability to manufacture more than 12 kilograms every 48 hours. This translates into single dosage street value of up to 1.2 million dollars. This value is reduced if sold in bulk.
As in all Clandestine Labs there were significant health and environmental concerns and in it appears in this case the chemicals were being dumped in yard and killing the surrounding vegetation. This is just one example of the negligent behavior of those involved in these types of operations. The Abbotsford Fire Rescue and B.C. Ambulance remained on scene throughout the investigation because of the dangers associated to the dismantling and disposal process.
There is no indication that this Lab is linked to any other operation located in recent weeks in the Lower Mainland. A 26 year old Vancouver male who is known to police, was arrested at scene and is expected to appear in Abbotsford Provincial Court on Monday.
With the increase in demand for chemical drugs has come an increase in the number of illicit laboratories to produce them. These Labs pose a significant hazard to not only to the people tasked with responding to them but the public who may unknowingly be living in the area of one. Anyone who suspects a Clandestine Lab in their neighborhood is asked to call their local police department or Crimestoppers.