Police make massive drug seizure, dismantle lab in Metro Vancouver

Jon Manchester

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Police made a massive drug seizure in South Surrey and dismantled a large drug lab.

RCMP believe the operation was linked to the Brothers Keepers group, who are involved in the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.

Police made a massive drug seizure in South Surrey and dismantled a large drug lab.  Photo: RCMP

An Aug. 6 raid on a 14A Avenue home uncovered a large drug manufacturing operation. Police seized significant amounts of illicit street drugs, drug paraphernalia, pill presses, and firearms. The items seized included:

  • 63,000 doses of fake OxyContin ‘80’ pills
  • 94,000 doses of fake Percocet pills
  • 5,000 doses of suspected cocaine
  • 22,500 doses of fake heroin
  • 200 doses of suspected methamphetamine
  • 89 kg of an unknown cutting agent and 60 kg of a pill-binding agent
  • 3 pill presses, capable of producing 3,600-16,000 tablets per hour
  • 7 semi-automatic rifles including 5 x SKS, 1 x .40 calibre, and 1 x carbine

While some of the drugs were packaged in bulk, others were packaged for street level distribution. Preliminary tests indicated the presence of fentanyl.

Two people were arrested during the raid, and released pending further investigation.

“Based upon the sophistication and capacity of this operation to produce massive quantities of street level drugs, we believe there is a large criminal network associated to this lab,” says Insp. Mike Hall of the Surrey RCMP. “This seizure will cause a significant disruption to this group’s ability to distribute mass amounts of potentially fatal street drugs in the Lower Mainland.”

“The public safety risks associated with these types of large-scale illicit drug operations cannot be understated,” says Sgt. Derek Westwick, CLEAR Team NCO.

“Clandestine labs pose a significant risk of contamination due to the volume of toxic and hazardous chemicals being handled by untrained individuals. The public can play a key role and is urged to contact police immediately if they suspect a clan lab in their community.”