RCMP say they have dismantled a home-based drug lab in Dieppe that was extracting marijuana oil. Two men are now facing charges.
Officers raided the lab early Tuesday evening with the assistance of the RCMP clandestine lab team, special equipment, and other emergency responders, Cpl. Jean-Guy Bourque said in a statement.
The lab process, known as honey oil extraction, involves chemicals that pose a risk of explosion, he explained.
"Team members entered the building wearing protective equipment and used gas detectors to determine that levels of butane gas in one area of the home were at an explosive level," said Bourque.
Butane gas, a solvent heavier than air and highly flammable, can stay in small confined spaces creating the risk of explosion, he said.
"The team, with the Dieppe Fire Department and Ambulance New Brunswick on standby, were able to successfully ventilate the home and neutralize any lab equipment that was a danger."
Two local men, aged 21 and 23, were arrested at the home and are expected to face charges of production of cannabis resin and possession for the purpose of trafficking, said Bourque.
The investigation continues.