Members working out of the York Regional Police Drugs and Vice Unit have uncovered a clandestine drug lab operating out of a Markham house.
On Jan.12, police searched a Holst Ave. house on a warrant relating to a theft investigation. During the search, officers what appeared to be a drug lab.
As a safety precaution, nearby residents were evacuated during the investigation.
York Regional Police would like to remind residents not to hesitate to call the police if they observe suspicious activities in their neighbourhoods. These clandestine drug production labs can pose serious risks, including fires and explosions due to the dangerous nature of chemicals utilized in the production of illicit drugs. Members of the public are asked to report any suspicious odours, unusual storage or stockpiling of chemicals and take the following precautions when they come across suspicious materials.
- Never drink, eat, touch or inhale materials that are believed to be hazardous chemicals. Even slightly inhaling a chemical can cause serious injury
- If a material is suspected hazardous, evacuate the area immediately and call 9-1-1
- If you witness anyone dumping material that appears to be hazardous waste, get the best description as possible and call police immediately. Never approach the suspects
Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Drugs and Vice Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7066, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com, or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.