Drug bust closes Toronto school
Police say four arrested after ‘large quantity’ of drugs discovered at north-end home; nearby school cleared
Police evacuated a north-end Toronto school after discovering a meth lab in a house across the street on Friday.
Officers executing a warrant on a bungalow around 5:30 a.m. found four men and a “large quantity” of marijuana, cocaine and crystal meth. In addition, they found a meth lab, including “several barrels of an unknown liquid,” said Constable Tony Vella.
“As a result, we needed to evacuate the area just for public safety,” Const. Vella said.
The house is on Evermede Drive, which is near the Don Valley Parkway and Highway 401. Police evacuated two neighbouring houses as well as Donview Middle School, which has between 200 and 300 students in Grades 6, 7 and 8. Students were taken to nearby Fenside Public School, where parents are being urged to pick them up.
Police called in a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear response team to assess the situation. A Health Canada official was also on site for advice on removing chemicals found in the home.
The occupants of the house have been charged with drug-related offenses.
Friday, Apr. 16, 2010
The Canadian Press