B.C. Lower Mainland District – Three separate search warrants resulted in drug trafficking charges laid in the alleged manufacture of synthetic drugs. On October 28, 2016, RCMP’s Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) team recovered several items from three separate locations in Delta, Surrey and Langley. These searches were related to previous enforcement action taken in relation to a clandestine lab operating in Agassiz, on July 30th, 2016.
At a storage locker located in the 10,000 block of Nordel Court in Delta, CLEAR members located what was believed to be approximately 605 liters of helional. Investigators believe the helional was destined for use in the production of controlled substances, specifically methylenedioxeamphetamine (MDA) and/or -methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA).
A search warrant was executed in the second location at the 3300 block of 151 Street in Surrey, resulting in the seizure of over two kilos of product that believed to be MDA and – MDMA.
A clandestine lab believed to be producing MDA/MDMA was found at the third location in the 19000 block of 82 Avenue in Langley. A substantial amount of finished product was seized and is being tested by Health Canada Drug Analysis Section. Several other controlled substances were seized during the search and the occupants of the residence were arrested.
With the assistance of the Surrey RCMP Drug Section, CLEAR officers were able to execute all three warrants within minutes of each other and were able to make arrests of four individuals including Andrew Slemko.
A 40-year-old Surrey resident, Andrew Slemko, has been charged with:
- Production of MDA/MDMA, Sec. 7(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
- Possession for the Purposes of Drug Trafficking MDA/MDMA, Sec. 5(2) of the CDSA
- Breach of Recognizance, under the Criminal Code
The other individuals were released without charge pending further investigation. Slemko was remanded pending a court appearance on November 3rd, 2016.
The CLEAR Team is a specially trained group of police officers tasked with the investigation of groups involved in synthetic drug production, and the processing and dismantling of clandestine laboratories used by these groups.
“This investigation into a known producer of synthetic drugs and distributor of precursor chemicals spanned 10 months and covered numerous jurisdictions in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley,” said S/Sgt. Darin Sheppard, head of Synthetic Drug Operations for the RCMP’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime Team in British Columbia.
Synthetic drug production and trafficking poses a substantial risk to our communities, and the RCMP are committed to combatting it at the highest levels If you have any information related to a possible clandestine lab or the importation/production of drugs please contact your local police department or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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