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  1. Alfa
    YORK POLICE BUST $10M ECSTASY LAB

    Chemicals used to make drug found in Markham residence

    Firefighters found garage lab after putting out fire, police say

    York Region police have busted a huge ecstasy manufacturing operation at a
    Markham home, seizing chemicals and drugs worth an estimated $10 million.

    The drug lab was in the garage of the residence on Manhattan Dr. near 16th
    Ave. and McCowan Rd., police said.

    York fire crews discovered the lab on Saturday after responding to reports
    of smoke coming from the house.

    The fire was quickly extinguished and disaster narrowly avoided, according
    to police.

    "As with any chemical, you have to treat it with care or there could be a
    major explosion," said Sergeant Joanne Waite of York Region police. "These
    industrial-grade chemicals are very highly flammable."

    Investigators found various equipment and chemicals used to make the drug
    ecstasy.

    Substantial amounts of the chemicals, which include ethanol and
    dextromethorphan, were also found scattered within the house, police said.

    Police and fire crews were dismantling the drug lab yesterday. A Health
    Canada cleanup unit was also called in to decontaminate the house of chemicals.

    "The immediate neighbours of the home were informed of the possible danger
    of chemical exposure and were suggested to leave the area," Waite said.
    Most decided to leave, but some stayed, she said.

    Police estimate it will take a few more days to complete the cleanup.

    Investigators say they still don't know who owns the house.

    "The tenants were long gone when we came," Waite said.

    According to neighbours, two people recently moved into the home but were
    rarely seen outside. They could face charges when they do show up, Waite said.

    This isn't the first time York police have made a major ecstasy drug bust.

    Four years ago this month, York Region police seized millions of dollars
    worth of the chemicals used to produce ecstasy from a Markham home.

    It was considered to be the largest illicit-drug laboratory bust in
    Canadian history.

    But Waite says while ecstasy is a common illicit drug in York Region, it's
    unusual to find drug labs and manufacturing operations in the region.

    "We haven't come across too many labs in York Region recently," Waite said.

    "So this is a surprise."

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  1. Alfa
    $10M 'ECSTASY HOUSE' LOOKED LIKE NORMAL HOME

    Nothing looked out of place at the two-storey house at 412 Manhattan Dr. in
    Markham.

    Flowers planted outside gave the home a lived-in look and the lawn was
    manicured.

    But nothing was normal about this house.

    When a passing resident notified the fire department of an unusual amount
    of smoke coming from the chimney on Saturday, firefighters found $10
    million worth of industrial chemicals used to make drugs such as ecstasy.

    Reports say this was the biggest ecstasy bust in North America.

    Today police are looking for an unknown number of suspects now that the
    house, in the 16th Avenue and McCowan Rd. area, is officially a crime scene
    with Health Canada officials there to decontaminate it. Detectives can't
    step foot inside until all of the hazardous toxins are removed.

    Even the residents at the two adjoining houses have been evacuated.

    Reports are the house was purchased a few weeks ago for up to $400,000 in cash.

    Police are trying to find the homeowners.

    It may take up to a week to clear the home of the chemicals so an
    investigation can continue.

    As with any chemical, you have to treat it with care or there could be a
    major explosion," said Sergeant Joanne Waite of York Region police. "These
    industrial-grade chemicals are very highly flammable."

    Investigators found various equipment and chemicals used to make the drug
    ecstasy.

    Substantial amounts of the chemicals, which include ethanol and
    dextromethorphan, were also found scattered within the house, police said.

    This isn't the first time York police have made a major ecstasy drug bust.

    Four years ago this month, York Region police seized millions of dollars
    worth of the chemicals used to produce ecstasy from a Markham home.

    It was considered to be the largest illicit-drug laboratory bust in
    Canadian history.

    But Waite says while ecstasy is a common illicit drug in York Region, it's
    unusual to find drug labs and manufacturing operations in the region.

    "We haven't come across too many labs in York Region recently," Waite said.

    "So this is a surprise."

    York Region is becoming a burgeoning area for marijuana grow houses and
    ecstasy labs. But officials say ecstasy labs are even harder to detect
    because the homes don't have to be set up with vast amounts of hydroponic
    equipment.

    Police say that the suspects are becoming more sophisticated in their
    operations, even going as far as to hire out families with children to live
    in the houses so as not to tip off the public.

    However, police say that the public should be aware of the unusual aspects
    of smoke coming from the chimney in the summertime and to notice if there
    is a lot of traffic, especially cargo vans, coming in and leaving at all hours.



    With files from Paul Choi
  2. Psilocybe S.
    Hey alpha, there was a HUGE marijuana bust in my county today. Actually, the biggest marijuana field bust in the nation was in the same county last year.(Tulare County, CA btw)Yup, Not as big as $10M, but you wouldnt expect a marijuana bust to be THAT big, seeingas anxtc lab has a lot of chemicals which count as the $10M..if they siezed $10M worth of MDMA, that would be totally insane.
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