Toronto police say Markham home searched on Saturday is synthetic drug lab

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Hazmat team descends on Markham home removing glass beakers, large barrels

Toronto police say a home in Markham from which officers removed hazardous materials Saturday is a synthetic drug lab.

Const. Caroline de Kloet says Toronto Police Service searched the two-storey home near Kennedy Road and Denison Street with the help of York Regional Police Service.

On Saturday afternoon, police wearing hazmat suits were seen removing glass beakers and five-gallon plastic containers from the home. Neighbours said it was occupied by three men and that construction equipment could often be seen on the driveway.

De Kloet could not confirm if any arrests were or any charges were laid. She also could not say which kinds of synthetic drugs were produced in the home.

She did say Toronto police were acting on a search warrant and enlisted the help of York Regional Police because the home home is located in York Region. 

"We held the house," said Const. Jay Kimber, spokesperson for York Regional Police's Markham district.

The investigation is now a joint one, De Kloet said. Police are expected to provide an update on the investigation later this week.

The Toronto Police Service's Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosives Team was involved in the search of the home. The Forensic Identification Services unit was also on the scene.