Arson charges laid after million drug lab explodes


Chatham-Kent police have laid drug trafficking and arson charges after a $1 million drug lab exploded in Chatham.

On September 25, 2015 at approximately 6:00 p.m. emergency crews responded to an explosion on Bedford Street in Chatham.

The detached garage subsequently caught fire causing about $25,000 damage.

Preliminary investigation led officers to believe that the explosion was as a result of occupants in the garage operating a cannabis marijuana extraction lab.

Through investigation, police seized cannabis marijuana and cannabis resin with a combined estimated street value of $1,134,387.

Two people were transported to the Hamilton General Hospital Burn Unit for medical attention.

They were both treated and eventually released.

Two 25-year-old men and a 46-year-old woman, all from Chatham, have all been arrested and charged with two counts of possession for the purposes of trafficking and one count of production of a controlled substance.

The two men have additionally been charged with arson causing bodily harm and arson causing damage to property.

They have all been released with conditions pending a future court date.

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