Mounties in Kelowna, B.C., have shut down what they’re calling a clandestine “super lab” that was manufacturing ecstasy.
Police said Tuesday they executed a search warrant at a home in the community of Christian Valley last week, where officers uncovered an ecstasy lab and caught several people on site allegedly in the act of cooking the drug.
A second search at a nearby storage locker uncovered chemical precursors used in the production of ecstasy.
A third search was also executed at a home on Chute Lake Road.
"Production methods at this level points directly to the involvement of organized crime groups motivated by profit," RCMP Insp. Rick Flewelling said in a written release.
"The Kelowna RCMP and other RCMP support units will continue to combat the trade of illegal drugs as part of our ongoing commitment to reduce the impact of these groups in our communities."
Police say precursors and drug labs pose significant fire risks and potential hazmat situations.
Ryan Patrick Novy, 32, Alesya Efimenko, 29, William Charles Forrest, 24, and Bradley Fraser Garth, 39, have all been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and production of a controlled substance.
Police say more arrests and further charges may be recommended.