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Three suspected drug labs found in Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:53 PDT, Thu October 29, 2020

Richmond RCMP dismantled three suspected synthetic drug labs in the city this week.

On Wednesday (Oct. 28), with the assistance of the RCMP Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) Team, police executed search warrants at three separate locations in Richmond. The warrants were part of an eight month targeted investigation into suspected synthetic drug production across the city.

Sgt. Gene Hsieh of the Richmond Organized Crime Unit says police presence remains at the scenes, and will likely be there for some time. 

“These types of investigations pose a significant danger to our officers and to our community as a whole,” says Hsieh. “Some of the chemicals involved are highly unstable, and it will take some time for us to render these sites safe before continuing our investigation.”

The exact locations of the suspected drug labs are not being released to the public at this time, for investigational and safety reasons. Police have cordoned off the areas affected, and are working to ensure the safety of residents in the surrounding areas. Local traffic may be affected, and police ask for the public’s cooperation with officer direction at each of these scenes.

Anyone who may have information on this matter is asked to call Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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