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Meth lab arrests in Port Moody

Map showing locations where police busted two meth labs in Port Moody early Thursday morning. - Google Maps graphic
Map showing locations where police busted two meth labs in Port Moody early Thursday morning.
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Two people were arrested in Port Moody in a wide-ranging meth-lab crackdown early this morning (Thursday).

At 5 a.m., members of the regional Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Enforcement Unit executed search warrants in apartments in Suter Brook and Newport Village (400-block of Capilano Road and 200-block of Newport Drive respectively), where they found chemicals involved in the production of methamphetamine and MDMA, as well as some finished product.

Police will not reveal the names of those arrested or which suites the materials were found in.

"We didn't have bubbling meth labs but... we had chemicals and finished product which, needless to say, are dangerous," said Sgt. Bill Whelan of B.C.'s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU).

Officers also targeted two locations in Vancouver (2600-block of Lillooet Street and the 1100-block of Pacific Street) and one in Surrey (9400-block of 189 Street).

Police believe the labs are tied to B.C. biker gangs. About 150 officers, including members of the RCMP, Vancouver Police Department, municipal and emergency response teams, as well as the clandestine labs unit, were involved in the raids.

Whelan said this morning's crackdown is the result of several months of surveillance and investigation.

"This is one of several methamphetamine labs investigated by CFSEU teams in the past year and it demonstrates organized crime's continued involvement in chemical drug production," Insp. Rob Johnston, who leads CFSEU's Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Enforcement Unit, said in a release.

"This lab poses a serious safety risk," he added. "We will continue to use every enforcement opportunity we can to pursue organized criminals who put the public in danger by the production of these drugs."

spayne@tricitynews.com

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