Lac Baker, NB - Three men and one woman from the province of Québec have been arrested following the execution of a series of search warrants in Québec and New Brunswick. RCMP Federal Operations along with the RCMP Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response team executed the search warrant early this morning at a residence where they found a sophisticated, industrial scale clandestine lab. Police estimate that the lab found in Lac-Baker had the ability to produce 1.5 million pills of the synthetic drug, known as ecstasy. The execution of the search warrant prevented the distribution of synthetic drugs from the lab.
Daniel and Charles Cozak appeared in Grand Falls Provincial Court in court today to face charges of conspiracy to produce an illegal substance and production of an illegal substance. Both men remain in custody and will be transferred to Québec. A 55-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were also arrested in Québec as part of the joint investigation.
Ecstasy is an illegal synthetic drug that acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic and can have dangerous physical and physiological effects. The production capacity of the drug labs uncovered during this investigation had the potential to have major negative impacts on communities across the country and possibly elsewhere.
“This is one of the largest and most sophisticated labs ever discovered in the province, it appears to have been professionally constructed, meaning these individuals have extensive knowledge in chemistry” said S/Sgt. Alain Lang with the RCMP in New Brunswick Federal Operations West. “By working closely with our policing partners, we were able to shut down an interprovincial drug operation before it got started. It is investigations like this that really highlight the importance of close cooperation between police forces.”
The investigation is continuing.