In the evening of December 2, the RCMP Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit dismantled a clandestine laboratory and arrested three suspects in the process. The police uncovered this large-scale production of methamphetamine, a dangerous synthetic drug, in a garage located in a remote area of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, in the Montérérie region. The clan lab operators were using a trailer to transport the equipment and pill production.
Four searches were conducted and led to the seizure of large quantities of chemicals which, as estimated by police investigators, represented a production capacity of more than three million pills of methamphetamine. A ten-punch tablet press, a mixer and several punches marked "ICE" were also among the items seized.
Three Persons Arrested
Three suspects were arrested on the premises. They are Francis Bergevin-Toupin, 27, of Saint-Césaire, Danny Rivière, 36, of l'Assomption, and Andrew Banks, 33, of Ottawa. They are scheduled to appear this morning at the Saint-Hyacinthe Court House. They could face charges of production of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
This brief investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Sûreté du Québec, the Escouade régionale mixte Montérégie and the town of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine's fire department.
Appeal to the public
If you have information on illicit activity by individuals or groups, please contact the RCMP at 514-939-8300/1 800 771-5401 or your local police service.