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Alleged drug lab poses environmental threat

Several containers of hazardous material have been removed from an alleged drug lab in Ashton Creek. - RCMP photo
Several containers of hazardous material have been removed from an alleged drug lab in Ashton Creek.
— image credit: RCMP photo

An alleged drug lab could have an environmental impact in the Ashton Creek area.

Environment Canada and the Ministry of Environment are determining whether possible drug production on a remote property on Trinity Valley Road has caused any damage to the natural surroundings.

“That could take a little time yet,” said Gord Molendyk, with the RCMP.

On May 19, RCMP converged on the site after there were reports of shots being fired.

A significant quantity of hazardous materials believed to be used in the manufacturing of crystal meth have been removed from the site.

“They are now safely and securely stored,” said Molendyk.

Because of the potential risk from the hazardous materials, a hazmat team was needed to decontaminate the police officers involved in the investigation, which wrapped up Saturday.

Five suspects — three men and two women — are facing numerous drug production, stolen property and firearms offences. They have been released on bail with strict conditions.

As for the reason for the gunshots being fired, Molendyk says, “I think they were just horsing around which drew attention to the area.”

 

 

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