Edmonton ketamine bust largest in Alberta history
EDMONTON — Alberta RCMP seized 19 kilograms of ketamine in what police say is the largest raid of its kind in provincial history.
The hallucinogenic drug, also referred to as ‘Special K,’ was found inside a northwest Edmonton home when police raided it at 12:30 a.m. Monday. Police say the amount of drug seized could have been processed into 380,000 doses.
It took RCMP and Edmonton police officers well into the afternoon to clear the house of the dangerous substances inside, which included ether, red phosphorous, hydrochloric acid, trimethyl chlorosynine, chloroform, phenyl thaline and sodium hydroxide.
Police believe these items are all consistent with meth production. The raid also yielded a small amount of ecstasy, a digital scale and packing materials.
The raid is a result of a two-month investigation by the RCMP Edmonton drug section.
Tu Thanh Nguyen, 27, has been charged with three counts of possession and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 2.
BY LAURA DRAKE,
DECEMBER 1, 2009 5:16 PM