Two face charges for alleged clandestine lab operation

B.C., Richmond, Federal Serious and Organized Crime

2021-09-09 08:00 PDT

File # 2019-459

Two individuals face drug possession and production charges after Federal RCMP investigators discovered a clandestine meth lab in Richmond, BC.

On May 28, 2019, the BC RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) Major Projects team, with the assistance of the BC RCMP Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) Team, executed a search warrant at a residence on Granville Avenue in Richmond, BC. Officers arrested two people at the scene and located lab equipment, chemicals and numerous pails of liquid methamphetamine as well as by products specific to methamphetamine production. Methamphetamine was found in different stages of production throughout the seized liquids. 18 grams of finished methamphetamines were seized, along with the equipment and chemicals.

Regardless of the amount of finished meth seized, the clandestine lab was capable of producing much more, as well as all the toxic, dangerous by-products that come with it.

The production of meth is, in itself, an extremely dangerous process involving volatile chemicals that can explode or cause structure fires, putting unknowing neighbours at risk, said Superintendent Richard Bergevin, Officer in Charge of FSOC Major Projects in BC. This clandestine lab was of particular concern due to its proximity to other residences.

Henry Chen faces charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, and multiple counts of Production of a Controlled Substance. Melissa Heska faces multiple charges of Production of a Controlled Substance. They are both scheduled to appear next in Court on September 15, 2021.

If you suspect that you know where a clandestine illicit drug laboratory is contact your local police. They can investigate whether the any illegal activity is taking place and contact the Federal RCMP CLEAR team to assist if required.

Released by

Sgt. Kris Clark

Media Relations Officer
Federal Serious & Organized Crime (FSOC)
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, B.C. V3T 6P3
Office: 778-290-3961
Fax: 778-290-6092


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