$45M Hamilton drug lab busted by police with help of fire department and paramedics
Published August 24, 2021 at 5:33 pm
The Hamilton Police Service, aided by provincial police, busted a drug lab allegedly being used to extract and store illegal cannabis.
On Aug. 21, shortly before 4 a.m., police responded to an alarm triggered at 65 Biggar Ave, Unit 2.
Officers on the scene believed the property was being used as a cannabis oil extraction lab and secured the area before applying for a search warrant.
The Hamilton Police Service (HPS) Vice and Drug Unit and the Provincial Joint Force Cannabis Enforcement Team executed the search warrant on Tuesday (Aug. 24).
Police say approximately 300 pounds of dried cannabis was seized, along with over 2,200 litres of cannabis oil. The product is valued by police at approximately $45 million.
Due to the explosive potential of the hazardous materials within the building, assistance was provided by the Ontario Provincial Police Clandestine Lab Unit along with the Hamilton Fire Department and Hamilton Paramedic Service.
“This investigation is in its infancy and further information will not be released at this time,” said HPS. “The investigation is still ongoing and charges have not been laid at this time.”
Various commercial grade processing equipment was also seized from the facility. It’s valued at over $380,000, according to police.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies