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Police seize 320 kg of pure fentanyl in raid at clandestine lab in Chilliwack

A photo of the clandestine lab that was raided in Chilliwack.

Police found enough ingredients to produce 320 kilograms of pure fentanyl at a rural home in Chilliwack.

An investigation was conducted by the RCMP’s Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response team and a search warrant was executed on June 2, according to an RCMP press release issued today, June 23.

Police recovered were 160 litres of propionyl chloride, which is a Class A precursor, and over 2,000 litres of industrial solvents that are used to produce synthetic drugs.

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RCMP said a lethal dose of fentanyl is the equivalent to a few grains of sugar, and that officers removed enough supplies to fill 320 one-kilogram bags of sugar.

“The recovery of these precursors represents a significant disruption to the illicit synthetic drug market,” Supt. Bert Ferreira said in the release. “More importantly, this seizure prevents deadly drugs from harming our communities that continue to suffer from the opioid crisis.”

There was also evidence that a clandestine laboratory was in the early stages of construction, RCMP said. The team of investigators are specially trained to safely dismantle such drug labs.

No arrests were made at the residence and no charges have been laid yet but the investigation is ongoing.

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