Delta’s Police Department says 2 men are facing charges in what appears to be a fentanyl lab spanning three municipalities.
The pair were arrested Thursday in relation to an operation tied to Richmond, Burnaby and Surrey that resulted in the seizure of what police describe as one of the largest fentanyl labs they have seen.
Burnaby mom Kassie says she had no idea about the lab on her street – a quiet, family-oriented neighbourhood with daycare nearby. At first, she was surprised about the raid.
“Now that I think about it, like over the last two months, we’ve seen cops cars parked on this street, like, four times in the last two months, which is completely out of the norm. There is like riff-raff at Edmonds and up at Highgate.”
She says that although she’s shocked of such a big drug bust in her neighbourhood, it could have been worse.
“I would be worried if it was a meth lab. We play here everyday. That would be really scary. I think I would be a lot more frantic and upset if it was something of that nature.”
Police say the lab was used to package the fentanyl to look like heroin for users.
The men are facing a number of charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
The dubious drug has been a thorn in the sides of officials across the country. Last year in Canada, there were 471 deaths directly related to fentanyl.
In the first two months of 2016, there have been 132.
See below for a map and descriptions of reported fentanyl-related busts, deaths and warnings in Metro Vancouver over the past year.