Two ultra-sophisticated clandestine laboratories for the production and processing of synthetic drugs were in the process of being dismantled by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Wednesday, in Montreal. Two suspects were also nabbed.
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The police struck simultaneously in four apartments early in the morning. Two of them housed clandestine laboratories.
The first, located on Laurentien Boulevard, in the borough of Saint-Laurent, was in full operation when the police arrived.
“The lab was active and a large amount of chemicals were inside. The equipment used to produce the drug was very sophisticated,” said Corporal Charles Poirier, RCMP spokesman.
The other clandestine laboratory had been set up in an apartment building on Avenue Vianney, in the borough of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension. It was used for its part as a place of transformation, where the produced drug was compressed to make tablets.
According to our information, the two laboratories had a huge production capacity. The drug produced was possibly MDMA (ecstasy).
The two suspects pinned in the strike have not yet been charged.
This major operation was the result of an investigation initiated last January by the Joint Organized Crime Investigation Unit (UMECO), in collaboration with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
In total, about forty police officers were mobilized to carry out the intervention.
The dismantling of the two clandestine laboratories was to continue for many hours, even a few days.