A Langley property that was raided by police Thursday housed one of the biggest illegal drug labs Metro Vancouver has ever seen, according to Mounties.
Officers were still clearing out equipment from the 72nd Avenue home a day later, including dozens of buckets of methylene chloride, a chemical normally used to clean metals and strip paint.
Cpl. Dale Carr said in this case it was being used to make illegal drugs – most likely ecstasy.
Concerns are also being raised about pipes leading from the suspected lab into a field out back.
“It looks as though they were dumping the chemicals that were used just into those pipes,” Carr said.
The chemicals have been seeping into nearby properties, giving off a stench neighbour Tom Sampson described as overwhelming.
Sampson said he’s brought concerns to the Township of Langley, but they seemed to go ignored for at least three years.
“The council said they couldn’t go on the property, they weren’t allowed,” Sampson said. “Nothing was done.”
The mayor’s office told CTV News it passed on information to the RCMP, which has been investigating the property for several weeks.
Carr said police moved in swiftly once judicial authorizations were obtained.
A 36-year-old Surrey resident was arrested during the probe and has since been released, pending the approval of drug-related charges.