Clandestine Wax Production Laboratory Dismantled

April 10, 2017
Mirabel, Quebec

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Substances and equipment seized
Wax, a cannabis derivative

A clandestine laboratory used to produce wax, a cannabis derivative, was dismantled in a residence located in Mirabel pursuant to an investigation by the RCMP. Three persons were arrested. Searches of one of the suspects' residence and place of business where he works led to the seizure of the following items:

  • 350 grams of wax
  • More than 900 grams of cannabis
  • Various substances (powder, pills, THC pollen, etc.)
  • Contaminated laboratory equipment
  • Vials and other vaping equipment

The operation was conducted on April 5 by the RCMP Clandestine laboratory Enforcement Team with the assistance of theVille de Mirabel and Deux-Montagnes police services.

Three Persons Arrested

The investigation led to the arrest of a 26-year-old man and his 23-year-old spouse, both residents of Mirabel. Another 32-year-old man who owns a vaping business was also arrested at his store. All three suspects were released, but could be charged with possession and production for the purpose of trafficking of a substance listed under the Controlled Drogues and Substances Act.

Wax

Wax is a cannabis derivative. It is produced by extracting and purifying cannabis resin in order to increase the THC level. Through this process, the drug can reach a potency level as high as 80%. The substance is smoked or inhaled.

The improvised methods used to produce wax are very dangerous, especially because of the presence of butane, a solvent used to extract the main active ingredient from cannabis. Butane is extremely volatile and explosive.

Appeal to the public

If you have information on individuals or groups involved in drug trafficking activity, please contact the RCMP at 514-939-8300/1-800-771-5401 or your local police service.

Useful Links

Signs of the Presence of a Clan Lab

Clandestine Synthetic Drug Laboratories: What You Need to Know

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Contact information

Communications Office
514 939-8308

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