Waterfront Kelowna condo sullied by alleged drug op

A team specialized in dealing with hazardous drug materials was needed to execute a search warrant on Monday evening.

Police continue to investigate after a team specialized in dealing with hazardous drug materials executed a search warrant on Monday evening.

The Kelowna RCMP received a complaint of a possible drug lab in an apartment on the 1000 block of Sunset Drive,  May 4.

“The occupants of an 18th floor condo appeared to be cooking something on their balcony which gave off toxic fumes. The Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Teams with assistance from uniformed officers obtained a search warrant for the residence the following day,” said Const. Kris Clark.

“Due to the possible presence of various hazardous materials, the ‘E’ Division Federal Clan Lab Team was engaged to execute the search warrant. Police seized a small amount of “marihuana butter” as well as equipment consistent with the extraction of the substance.”

There is an extreme risk of explosion associated with the extraction of ‘marijuana butter’ which, in any environment could be disastrous. But in this situation, in a condo complex, every occupant of that building was put at risk.

Due to the potential hazards involved, the Kelowna Fire Department and BC Ambulance Service were called to the scene in advance of the warrant execution for public safety reasons.

No one was home at the time of the search and no arrests have yet been made.

A 20-year-old Kelowna man could face potential charges of Production of a Controlled Substance as well as Possession of a Controlled Substance.