Burnaby RCMP shut down highrise meth lab

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A drug lab was shut down in a Brentwood-area highrise Monday evening, causing residents to be evacuated for several hours.

The lab was first discovered at about 3:30 p.m. in a 16th-floor apartment of a building in the 4800-block of Brentwood Drive, said Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Dave Reid.

The landlord had given his tenant 24 hours notice to vacate the unit and assumed they were gone when he arrived the next day to clean the place. Instead, he found a lab set up. He immediately left and called police.

Burnaby RCMP's clandestine drug lab unit arrived to find some of the equipment was still active. They turned everything off and evacuated residents on three floors as a precaution, Reid said. Those residents were allowed back into their homes later that night by 11 p.m.

Once the equipment is turned off there is no longer a risk of fire or explosion from the flames and toxic chemicals, he noted.

"It's believed it's a methamphetamine lab. There was some product already there."

Police secured the unit until they could execute a search warrant at about 8 a.m. the next morning when they completely dismantled the lab.

Reid said if the landlord and police hadn't showed up there's a "strong possibility" the tenants would have returned to retrieve their equipment and drugs.

"It's an ongoing investigation until we can locate the individuals who were involved."

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