Police raided this house in the 19800 block of 82 Avenue in Langley Township on the weekend. The house has been declared unsafe to occupy.

Update: charges laid after raid on suspected drug house in Langley Township

Township of Langley attaches 'building unsafe' notice with 'do not occupy' warning

A police raid on a Langley house was part of a larger investigation into a drug manufacturing and trafficking operation that has resulted in criminal charges against a Surrey man.

The Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) team was called to the house in the 19800 block of 82 on Friday, October 28.

On Tuesday, the RCMP issued a statement linking the Langley search with two other raids in  Surrey and Delta on the same day.

The force said the searches were “related to previous enforcement action taken in relation to a clandestine lab operating in Agassiz” in July.

The Langley house was running a clandestine drug lab believed to be producing methylenedioxeamphetamine (MDA) or methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA).

Occupants of the house were arrested and a “substantial amount of finished product was seized” for testing by Health Canada Drug Analysis Section.

Several other controlled substances were seized during the search as well.

After police left, the house was declared unsafe and a Township of Langley notice with a “do not occupy” warning was attached to the front door of the two-storey house.

The Delta search of storage locker located in the 10,000 block of Nordel Court found about 605 liters of helional, which investigators believe was destined for use in the production of MDA and MDMA.

The Surrey search of the 3300 block of 151 Street resulted in the seizure of over two kilos of product, believed to be MDA and MDMA.

All three warrants were executed within minutes of each other.

A 40-year-old Surrey resident, Andrew Slemko, has been charged with illegal drug manufacturing, drug trafficking and breach of probation.

The three other individuals arrested were released without charge pending further investigation.

“This investigation into a known producer of synthetic drugs and distributor of precursor chemicals spanned 10 months and covered numerous jurisdictions in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley”, said Staff Sgt. Darin Sheppard, head of Synthetic Drug Operations for the RCMP’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime Team in British Columbia.

Neighbours of the Langley house said the occupants were quiet and kept to themselves.

The house had changed owners a number of times recently.

It had been decorated for Halloween, with jack-o-lanterns, cobwebs and other items.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey Mounties respond to report of shots fired in Cloverdale

They took 12 people into custody but found no evidence shots were actually fired

Clover Valley Beer Festival cancelled

Cloverdale beer fest falls victim to COVID-19

All Safe Surrey Coalition council members must ‘step up’ over ‘bad taste’ tweets, rivals say

Slate’s posts on social media in ‘bad taste,’ councillor says

Police watchdog investigating death of man in Delta

Independent Investigations Office asking for witnesses to May 29 incident at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

After 40 years on the job, White Rock’s fire chief retires

From flood to fire, Phil Lemire has been at the forefront whenever disaster struck

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

NDP getting COVID-19 wage subsidy ‘indirectly,’ B.C. Liberal leader says

B.C. NDP says Andrew Wilkinson is wrong about federal link

Parent, superintendent, trustee report smooth return to classrooms in B.C.

The biggest challenge is convincing families that it’s safe, some say

Two more COVID-19 cases reported by Langley long term care facility

One resident, one staffer have tested positive for the coronavirus

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Importance of accurate, ethical reporting more critical than ever

George Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure: family autopsy

Death sparked a wave of protests across the U.S. and abroad

Suspect sought in alleged assault, hate crime on Metro Vancouver bus: transit police

The woman then allegedly punched the teenager in the head multiple times

COVID-19: B.C. commercial landlords can’t evict if they decline rent assistance

Emergency order ‘incentive’ for federal program, Carole James says

Most Read