1,000 gal­lons of chem­i­cals dumped

Ma­te­ri­als found were as­so­ci­ated with il­le­gal drugs

Richmond Hill Post - - News | Crime - by Jessica Wei

On April 12, York Re­gional Po­lice ( YRP) of­fi­cers were called to a con­struc­tion site at Les­lie Street and El­gin Mills Road East af­ter hav­ing been alerted of il­le­gal dump­ing of chem­i­cal con­tain­ers. When they ar­rived on the scene, they found ap­prox­i­mately 20 50-gal­lon chem­i­cal drums. This came four days af­ter an­other case of il­le­gal dump­ing was re­ported in the town­ship of King, where of­fi­cers from the YRP Guns, Gangs and Drugs En­force­ment Unit found 16 garbage bags, 100 20-litre orange pails and ap­prox­i­mately 15 50-gal­lon chem­i­cal drums.

Al­though the in­ci­dents ap­pear to be un­re­lated, in both cases, the ma­te­ri­als found are com­monly as­so­ci­ated with the pro­duc­tion of il­le­gal drugs.

“It’s a lot,” said con­sta­ble Laura Ni­colle of the YRP, re­fer­ring to the quan­tity. She con­firmed that the ma­te­ri­als were found un­der 24 hours of them be­ing dumped.

Ac­cord­ing to Ni­colle, the ma­te­ri­als found were byprod­ucts left af­ter the pro­duc­tion of cer­tain il­le­gal drugs, al­though she de­clined to name which drugs.

“My un­der­stand­ing of this is that these con­tain a waste prod­uct that would be the rem­nants af­ter drugs are pro­duced. They [the unit of­fi­cers] have seen enough of these that they’re fa­mil­iar with what this is.”

Of­fi­cers are pur­su­ing an il­le­gal dump­ing charge. De­pend­ing on what in­for­ma­tion they find, it could launch into a fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Ac­cord­ing to Ni­colle, cases of the man­u­fac­tur­ing of il­le­gal drugs oc­cur once or twice a year.

The chem­i­cals were safely re­moved the next day with help from the On­tario Min­istry of the En­vi­ron­ment. The YRP is calling for any wit­nesses to come forward and is re­mind­ing peo­ple that, if they see con­tained chem­i­cals anywhere, not to ap­proach it and to call the po­lice.

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