After six months of investigation, and a week at the scene, police have cleared up a suspected meth lab near Enderby.
North Okanagan RCMP say security ended on Saturday on the Trinity Valley Rd property after the Hazmat team completed their work.
“A significant quantity of hazardous materials believed to be used in the manufacturing of Crystal Meth have been removed from the site and are now safely, securely stored,” said RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk. “It will be some time yet before all of the lab results are back, in this investigation.”
Five suspects including three men and two women face multiple charges including drug production, stolen property and firearms offences. All five suspects have been released on bail with strict conditions.
Molendyk says the on-scene investigation and clean-up took longer than suspected because the work was so extreme, in confined spaces and risky, that police and investigators had to go in and out of the scene and work in one-hour stints for their own health.
Police are not releasing any numbers yet on how much was confiscated from the property.
RCMP say Environment Canada, the Provincial Ministry of Environment and the BC Conservation Officer Service are also investigating whether or not there was any environmental impact or damage arising from the drug production on site.