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article imageDrug Lab in the neighbourhood

By KJ Mullins     Sep 24, 2010 in Crime
When police bust up meth and ecstasy labs they often find themselves in the middle of a residential street says the RCMP. These "clandestine labs" are operating all over neighbourhoods in Canada.
This week the RCMP busted one such lab in Chilliwack, B.C. seizing 36 kilograms of MDMA tablets during a traffic stop. Also taken during that stop was a sophisticated, magnetic and electrically-operated compartment in the gas tank. The driver was arrested and the RCMP obtained a search warrant for his home. There at the Abbotsford, B.C. residence was another 27.5 kilograms of the tablets also known as ecstasy. In total more than 200,000 doses were taken off of the street.
“Federal drug investigators and drug prevention officers are doing everything they can to keep youth safe from synthetic drugs” says Superintendent Brian Cantera, Officer in Charge of the Federal Drug Enforcement Branch said of the arrest in a press release. “The sale, use and abuse of drugs like ecstasy and GHB can have horrible consequences. The recent case in Maple Ridge also illustrates how youth can be victimized through no choice of their own.”
Ecstasy and meth are a popular drug of youth at parties and raves. Most that take the drugs don't know what's put into the tablets ingredient wise. These drugs are toxic, addictive and potentially lethal
"An entire community is put at risk," says Sgt. Doug Culver, the RCMP's National Synthetic Drug Coordinator. "The flammable solvents, acids and other poisonous and caustic chemicals used pose a risk of fire or explosion, and the criminality and violence that accompanies these labs is suddenly present on a once-quiet street."
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