Police seized more than two kilograms of cocaine as well as significant quantities of chemicals from a clandestine synthetic drug lab in LaSalle.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Clandestine Laboratory Investigative Response Team (CLIRT), overseen by the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), received information in June alleging a suspected clandestine synthetic drug lab was operating in LaSalle, Ontario.
On June 22, the OPP CLIRT, OPP OCEB, OPP Urban Search and Rescue and CBRNE Response Team (UCRT), LaSalle Police Service and the Ontario Fire Marshall, with assistance from LaSalle Fire Service and Essex-Windsor Emergency Medical Services, executed a search warrant at a residential location in LaSalle. As a result of the search warrant, police located a functional clandestine synthetic drug lab processing cocaine. Police seized more than two kilograms of cocaine as well as chemicals associated to a cocaine extraction lab including acetone, isopropyl alcohol, hexane, muriatic acid and hydrochloric acid.
The OPP CLIRT is a specialized team that is trained to safely investigate and dismantle clandestine synthetic drug labs across Ontario. There is no concern to public safety associated to the dismantling of the clandestine synthetic drug lab identified in this investigation. The commercial grade, flammable chemicals were removed from the location by a hazardous waste management company.
At this time, charges have not been laid and the investigation is ongoing. Further information will be released if it becomes available.
Did You Know
Indicators of a synthetic drug lab include:
• Suspicious activity, secretive behavior and avoidance of neighbour interactions.
• Occupants attend for short time periods and at odd hours.
• Chemical odours.
• Garbage contains numerous chemical containers, glassware, bags full of soil or garbage are never put out.
• Location has excessive security.
• Evidence of chemical dumping grounds on or near premises.
• Obstructed or covered windows.
• Odd items being brought inside the location – equipment, glassware, chemical drums, etc.
The dangers of clandestine synthetic drug labs include fire, explosion, harmful fumes and chemical exposure as well as environmental damage and waste. If you see indicators of a clandestine synthetic drug lab, call local police 1-888-310-1122 immediately. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Remember to remain at a safe distance.