A 23-year-old man is due to appear at the Longueuil courthouse on Thursday, after police dismantled a clandestine drug lab that investigators say produced thousands of counterfeit synthetic drugs.

The man was arrested Nov. 20 after a seven-month investigation led by the RCMP, with the participation of the Canada Border Services Agency and Longueuil police.

Police seized thousands of pills and equipment that could have produced more than 280,000 counterfeit erectile-dysfunction pills, among other things.

The lab, which was housed inside a rented warehouse in an industrial sector of Longueuil, was in an unsanitary state – dangerous, particularly for the people taking the injection drugs.

The man is expected to be charged with the production of controlled substances with intent to traffic.

According to the RCMP, two searches were conducted and the items seized include:

  • Over 22,000 steroid pills.
  • Over five litres of liquid steroids.
  • Over 15,000 counterfeit pills.
  • Two pill presses.
  • A pill coating machine.
With files from La Presse Canadienne