Police confirm family was not running a lab

RCMP have confirmed that the drug lab found hidden in an Alhambra home did not belong to the homeowner who found it.

Array

RCMP have confirmed that the drug lab found hidden in an Alhambra home did not belong to the homeowner who found it.

On Monday, the homeowner discovered the lab in a concealed area in the basement of an addition built onto the mobile home his family had been living in for about one and a half years.

“We want to make it really clear they had nothing to do with it. It was old,” said RCMP Sgt. Patrick Webb on Tuesday.

The homeowner immediately called RCMP when he found the lab on Monday morning while preparing to move the mobile home in order to build a house on the property.

“He did exactly the right thing. Anyone who has any suspicion that they are in the presence of a lab should get out of that area as soon as possible and let law enforcement know because it could be very harmful,” Webb said.

RCMP, a hazardous material team and emergency workers quickly blocked off the entrance to the hamlet east of Rocky Mountain House.

Eventually, the blockade was pulled back to within a few blocks of the home.

Webb wouldn’t say what kind of lab it was, how large it was or how long it would take to clean up.

“If it’s on the small side, just a few buckets and piping, and stuff like that, it can be taken away and bundled up for disposal. If there’s a lot of it, it may take a few days to get it out of there.”

Labs can operate anywhere, even in vehicles. They aren’t discovered very often but police know clandestine labs are out there, Webb said.

Some labs are used to produce methamphetamine (crystal meth). They are extremely dangerous, with toxic chemicals and the possibility they can explode. Other labs produce hashish oil or process marijuana, he said.

“It depends so much on supply and demand.”

Webb couldn’t predict how long the investigation will take.

szielinski@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

City Hall Park construction begins next week

Construction to update Red Deer’s City Hall Park is set to begin… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Jazz at the Lake begins

The 16 annual event began Friday and runs until Sunday in Sylvan Lake

Photos: Lunchtime tunes on Alexander Way

Final concert of the summer

Clearwater regional firefighters in B.C.

Crew operating west of Prince George

PHOTOS: Samson Cree Nation Pow Wow

The Samson Cree Nation hosted its annual Pow Wow, celebrating youth last weekend

WATCH: Feasting at Red Deer Ribfest this weekend

Ribfest runs until Sunday at Rotary Recreation Park

Canadians believe in immigration but concerned about asylum seekers: study

OTTAWA — Canadians are generally supportive of current immigration levels, a survey… Continue reading

Quebec announces plan to compensate taxi drivers after Uber’s arrival

MONTREAL — The Quebec government has outlined how it intends to compensate… Continue reading

Hospitals to see ‘delays’ in care after losing Saudi students, health group says

OTTAWA — The loss of Saudi Arabian resident physicians in Canada’s hospitals… Continue reading

PHOTOS: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

The rest of the province also dealing with thick haze as smoky skies continue

Death Valley worker has seen highest, lowest temperatures

LAS VEGAS — Thousands of tourists descend on Death Valley each summer… Continue reading

Banff’s Sunshine ski resort upset with proposed guidelines from Parks Canada

BANFF, Alta. — An internationally known ski resort in Banff National Park… Continue reading

Folk singer Ian Tyson cancels show due to ‘serious medical situation’

TORONTO — Canadian folk singer-songwriter Ian Tyson has cancelled his appearance at… Continue reading

Judge lifts publication ban, revealing details about Fredericton shooting

FREDERICTON — Newly released documents reveal how last week’s deadly attack unfolded… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month