Police discover 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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In the raid, which blocked roads in the Golden Triangle neighborhood for hours around noon, dozens of first responders descended on an apartment building on the 0-100 block of Cartier Street, near its intersection with Maclaren Street.

The arrest warrant was based on information gathered earlier this year when frontline officials responded to a call for help at the same location and observed a “possibly makeshift clandestine drug lab,” an Ottawa Police Department spokesman wrote in a press release Tuesday.

“The information has been reviewed by drug researchers and clandestine lab experts, including Health Canada,” the press release said, “and it was suspected that the lab was producing amphetamines and methamphetamines.”

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

While the search warrant was being executed, paramedics and specially trained officers from the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Section — a joint unit composed of both RCMP and OPS officers — were also present. A police photo from the raid showed the Ottawa Fire Services hazmat team wearing oxygen masks and all-white overalls sealed at the seams with tape.

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

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

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

Detectives arrested a 38-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman without incident, police said. They were charged with crimes related to production, drug trafficking and conspiracy. They were both released after promises to appear in court at a later date.

Methamphetamine is a stimulant that, in some forms, provides a long-lasting, inexpensive high. It’s cheap and easy to produce, requiring no expensive imports, just readily available chemicals — fertilizers, cold medicines, lithium batteries — and a makeshift lab. Harm reduction workers in Ottawa have noticed an increase in stimulant use among those using supervised places of consumption. Amphetamines can also be contaminated with fentanyl, a potent and deadly opioid.

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