1,000 gallons of chemicals dumped
Materials found were associated with illegal drugs
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.