It could be weeks, or even months before Vernon RCMP can proceed with any charges after finding a suspected drug lab last week.
RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says extensive lab testing is required in order to present a solid case in a courtroom. So far he can't comment on what the drug was or the quantities involved, and says it will likely be late September or October before a full analysis is complete.
"It'll take some time to determine what it was,” says Molendyk. "It takes stages to produce the drugs in these labs."
Investigators found the suspected drugs in several different stages of production in a shed outside the home in the 1700 block of 41st Avenue.
Molendyk says one of the three people arrested was known to police, but the other two were not.
Two men, aged 44 and 41, and a 30-year-old woman have been released without charges, pending the outcome of the investigation.
by Muriel Archibald