A Vernon man is facing charges after a lengthy police investigation into a suspected drug lab.
Police say 35 year old Jason Lukacs has been charged with two counts of production of a controlled substance.
That comes after Health Canada confirmed evidence of methamphetamine and fentanyl being produced at a residence in the 8000 block of Silver Star Road in March 2017.
“An initial examination of the residence led RCMP investigators to suspect that a clandestine drug lab may be in operation at the home,” says Cst. Kelly Brett. “RCMP officers enlisted the assistance of the Vernon Fire Department Hazmat Team, The Vernon Municipal Hazmat Team as well as the RCMP Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response team (CLEAR) during their investigation.”
“The illicit production of controlled drugs presents a significant risk to public safety,” says S/Sgt. Cam Percy, who is in charge of the General Investigation Section at Vernon/North Okanagan Detachment. “Methamphetamine and fentanyl are both very potent and addictive drugs. Fentanyl has been a significant factor in the recent rise in opioid-related overdoses in British Columbia.”