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Burnaby RCMP shut down Ecstasy lab

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Police have shut down a drug lab was shut down in Burnaby's Capitol Hill area after neighbours complained of strong chemical smells coming from the home.

On Friday, Feb. 24, Burnaby RCMP's drug section located the suspected synthetic drug lab in the 100-block of Ellesmere Avenue.

A search warrant was obtained the next day. After entering the home, investigators confirmed the presence of the drug lab and secured the premises until a specialized clean-up team arrived.

Three people were arrested at the scene and are currently in custody, say RCMP. The drug lab, believed used to produce Ecstasy, is substantial and it's estimated two to three days will be required to dismantle it safely.

Burnaby RCMP are being assisted by the RCMP Federal Clandestine Lab Team, specialist chemists from Heath Canada, Burnaby Fire Department and members of the B.C. Ambulance Service during the dismantling.

“This is a perfect example of how members of the public can be active in their community and assist the RCMP,” said Sgt Scott Rintoul of Burnaby RCMP, in a press release. “This criminal operation represented a significant public safety risk not only to the surrounding Burnaby residents and their homes but to anyone who might have ingested something produced under these filthy conditions.”

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