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Williams Lake bust nets drugs and guns

A raid last night on a home on Windmill Crescent in Williams Lake has resulted in one person being arrested and the RCMP s Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response or CLEAR Team, being called in to support the investigation.

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C.’s North District office executed a search warrant on the home which also turned up a substantial amount of drugs, weapons and cash.

A 20 year old Williams Lake man has been arrested and is still in custody, although no charges have yet been laid.

Police found a kilo of what is believe to be cocaine, as well as a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, two loaded handguns, two semi-automatic rifles, ammunition, a homemade firearm sound suppressor, edged weapons, thousands of dollars in cash, and drug paraphernalia.

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As officers continued to search the home they discovered substances and paraphernalia consistent with what is thought to be an illegal synthetic drug lab.

A preliminary risk assessment was conducted by an investigator who determined the lab was not currently in use, but contact was immediately made with the RCMP s Federal CLEAR Team, a specialized federal police unit responsible for dismantling clandestine drug laboratories that supports police agencies across the province.

The CLEAR Team is expected to be in the city today to assess and process the lab to make the residence safe for officers to continue searching.

There are no immediate concerns for the safety of other residents or properties in the area.

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