The arrest comes after police identified a suspected fentanyl trafficking group operating in the area in late 2017.
On June 29, 2018, search warrants were executed at two locations in Burnaby and one location in Port Coquitlam.
With the assistance of the RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team and the Burnaby RCMP, the suspected opioid lab was located and dismantled in the 6500 block of Nelson Avenue in Burnaby, while bulk chemicals were located and seized in Port Coquitlam.
The first suspect, a 35-year-old Burnaby man, faces potential charges related to drug trafficking and has been released pending a full report to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.
The second suspect, a 26-year-old man, also from Burnaby, is in custody after having his parole revoked. He also now faces new potential charges related to drug trafficking.
Police said an expert evaluation of the lab’s capabilities from Health Canada is still underway to determine the volume of synthetic drugs that could have been produced every day.