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RCMP wrap up at possible downtown drug lab

The hazardous materials team prepares to enter Kalamalka Hotel on 30 Avenue, where chemicals suggestive of a drug lab were found by a cleaning lady.
May 03, 2013 - 12:02 PM

UPDATE: 10:47 a.m. May 3

Few details are being released by the RCMP about a possibe drug lab in a Kalamalka Hotel room. After a full day's investigation Thursday, Cpl. Gerry Kovaks says officers are finished their search of the room.

"We've completed our work there," Kovaks says. "The room has been sealed up and turned over to the hotel."

While authorities confirm chemicals indicative of a drug lab were found, they won't say whether drugs were actually manufactured there.

There was no one renting the room at the time of the investigation, police say.

The RCMP's E division clandestine lab unit was on scene Thursday to deal with the substances found in the room.

"Our investigation is ongoing," Kovaks says.

RCMP say they will have more information to release next week.


10:48 a.m. May 2

Vernon RCMP were at the scene of a drug lab this morning, discovered in one of the rooms at the Kalamalka Hotel on 30th Avenue in Vernon.

Police say a cleaning lady stumbled upon the lab last night during her normal routine at the hotel, which houses more long-term guests, and contacted the detachment. The investigation began about 9 a.m. this morning and includes Vernon Fire and Rescue, RCMP and a hazardous materials team from the lower mainland. A spokesperson described the lab as clandestine, and won't yet confirm the products created in the lab.

The room was investigated by Mounties until early afternoon when the hazardous materials team, who were standing by suited up and ready, cleared any hazardous materials following the investigation.

An area of downtown has been blocked off in front of the hotel from Nolan's Pharmasave to the Kal Sports Bar.

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