RCMP bust Burnaby synthetic drug lab
A 42-year-old Burnaby man is among those arrested after a synthetic drug lab was busted in Burnaby Monday.
The RCMP Federal Drug Enforcement Clandestine Lab Team shut down the drug lab located in the 8200-block of Manson Drive, say Burnaby RCMP.
While officers were on site to secure the home, they noticed a man and a woman leaving the residence.
A 33-year-old Mission man and a 24-year-old Abbotsford woman were arrested and found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and a what police believe is methamphetamine.
A 42-year-old Burnaby man was also arrested while driving after he left the home. All three suspects are currently in custody.
A search warrant was obtained and during the search of the residence an operating clandestine lab was found in the basement. The scene has been secured with no risk to neighbouring homes or the general public.
Such drug labs can take a significant amount of time to dismantle and investigate due to the complex and hazardous nature of the multiple chemicals involved, police say.
"Synthetic drug labs pose a significant threat to the public safety of our communities because of the presence of dangerous chemicals," said Supt. Brian Cantera, of the RCMP Federal Drug Enforcement Branch in B.C. "So with that, we encourage the citizens of British Columbia to continue reporting any suspicious activity they might see in their communities.”