Five people have been charged with drug-related offences following the discovery of a drug processing lab in Calgary earlier this month.
On January 3, The Calgary Fire Department extinguished a fire at a building on Sherwood Mount in northwest Calgary. After searching the area, firefighters noticed powder substances and suspicious packaging, so the Calgary Police Service was called in with a warrant.
At 3 am on January 4, police searched the residence and found nearly $10,000 in Canadian currency, roughly 300 grams of powder cocaine, a loaded hand gun, and other drug-related items, according to a release from the Calgary Police Service.
An estimated $283,000 worth of drugs were seized during the search, and police have charged five Calgarians with drug-related offences.
Po Yu, 45, Kim Nguyen, 44, Thang Lam, 43, Kevin Do, 23, and Cynthia Yu, 21, are all facing one count each of production of a controlled substance, possession of proceeds obtained by crime, and possession of a restricted firearm. All five were also charged with three counts each of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
The release states that it is believed that the fire was started not from the drug processing lab, but “from the improper disposal smoking materials.”