British Columbia

Mission drug lab one of the biggest in B.C., says RCMP

Mission RCMP spent all day Monday pulling evidence and material from the illegal lab which housed pressure vessels, reactions chambers and hid buckets of volatile and dangerous solvents and acids.

Massive drug lab supplying ecstasy and suspected crystal meth uncovered after weekend fire

Police say the drug lab was storing enough volatile chemicals to level a city block in the event of an explosion. (CBC)

Mission RCMP spent all day Monday pulling evidence and material from a massive illegal drug lab in the 7100 block of Horne Street. 

The lab housed pressure vessels, reactions chambers and buckets of volatile and dangerous solvents and acids according to police.

Investigators from the RCMP's clandestine drug lab team wore hazmat suits as they combed the site and removed substantial amounts of MDMA, ecstasy and what they suspect is crystal meth, one of the more dangerous and addictive drugs.

Investigators with the RCMP's clandestine drug lab team work to safely dismantle a clandestine lab discovered in Mission, B.C., Saturday. (CBC)

A police source close to the investigation says this might just be the biggest drug lab ever found in B.C with commercial mixers and 200-litre drums producing millions of dollars worth of drugs per week and housing enough chemicals to level a city block.

The lab was only discovered when a chemical reaction went bad Saturday just before noon.

Four to five people were seen running from the subsequent fire. When the Mission Fire Department saw what it was dealing with, it called the RCMP. 

Investigators suspect the lab was being run by a motorcycle gang — the lab so big, it's suspected much of the drug was being shipped to markets in the U.S. and overseas.

On mobile? Click here for a map of the 7100 block of Horne St. Mission, B.C.

With files from Eric Rankin

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