Police has recently announced in a news conference conducted on Thursday that drugs with a street value of $40 million were seized in one of largest methamphetamine seizures in Ontario’s history. It was reported that raw methamphetamine were seized, along with chemicals used to make the drug, in raids of three separate labs in July. Later several arrests were also made in July after a months-long investigation involving multiple police forces, including the Canada Border Services Agency and the OPP’s Asian Organized Crime Task Force.
Police elucidated that a lab, located about 180 kilometres east of Toronto in Campbellford, Ont., was guarded by a bear trap hidden beneath a pile of leaves, while another located in nearby Warkworth, Ont., used to produce raw meth, which was one of the largest ever discovered in the province. The third was a pill-pressing lab found north of Toronto in Aurora, where chemicals used to make meth were found in a storage locker in Markham, Ont., just north of Toronto. Overall, police disclosed to have confiscated 120 kilograms of pure methamphetamine (enough to make four million pills), 110,483 meth pills, 14 kilograms of meth powder (ready to be pressed into pills), five vehicles and $81,000 in cash.
Authorities have laid multiple charges against five primary suspects, which include drug trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. Chief Supt. of the OPP’s organized crime enforcement bureau, Mike Armstrong, alleged that “Clandestine drug labs can be found anywhere, both urban and rural areas are not immune.”
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