Police uncover suspected drug lab in Golden Triangle

The raid, which closed roads in the Golden Triangle neighborhood for hours on Monday, involved dozens of first responders at an apartment building on Cartier Street.

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Ottawa police arrested two people and discovered a makeshift drug lab during a raid on Monday.

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The raid, which closed roads in the Golden Triangle neighborhood for hours from noon, saw dozens of first responders descend on an apartment building in the 0 to 100 block of Cartier Street, near from the intersection with Maclaren Street.

The warrant was based on intelligence gathered earlier this year when frontline officers responded to a call for service at the same location and observed a “possible makeshift clandestine drug lab,” a Service spokesperson wrote. Ottawa Police Department in a news release Tuesday.

“The information was reviewed by drug investigators and clandestine lab experts, including Health Canada,” the press release reads, “and the lab was suspected of producing amphetamine and methamphetamine.”

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Investigators seized a plastic-wrapped container filled with a coarse gray powder, which police described as
Investigators seized a plastic-wrapped container filled with a coarse gray powder, which police described as a “suspected controlled substance” in the photos. It was submitted to Health Canada for analysis. Photo by Ottawa Police Service /Handout

While the search warrant was being executed, paramedics and specially trained officers from the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Operations Section – a joint unit made up of RCMP and OPS officers – were also present. A police photo from the raid showed the Ottawa Fire Services hazmat team wearing oxygen masks and full white coveralls taped at the seams.

Investigators seized a plastic-wrapped container filled with a coarse gray powder, which police described as a “suspected controlled substance” in the photos. It was submitted to Health Canada for analysis.

A photo of the alleged drug lab released by Ottawa police showed a maze of plastic tubes, pots and pans atop a stove.

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A photo of the alleged drug lab released by Ottawa police showed a maze of plastic tubes, pots and pans atop a stove.
A photo of the alleged drug lab released by Ottawa police showed a maze of plastic tubes, pots and pans atop a stove. Photo by Ottawa Police Service /Handout

Investigators arrested a 38-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman without incident, police said. They were charged with offenses related to the production and trafficking of narcotics and criminal association. They were both released on a promise to appear later.

Methamphetamine is a stimulant that, in certain forms, provides a long-lasting and inexpensive high. It is cheap and easy to produce, requiring no expensive imports, only readily available chemicals – fertilizers, cold medicine, lithium batteries – and a makeshift laboratory. Harm reduction workers in Ottawa have noticed an increase in stimulant use among those attending supervised consumption sites. Amphetamines can also be contaminated with fentanyl, a powerful and deadly opioid.

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