Calgary, AB,

Five people charged in drug processing lab

The Calgary Police Service Strategic Enforcement Unit has charged five people after a drug processing lab was discovered when the residence went up in flames.

At approximately 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, the Calgary Fire Department responded to a call of a house fire in progress at a residence in the 0-100 block of Sherwood Mount N.W. CFD entered the residence and extinguished a fire in the front garage.

While searching the rest of the residence for signs of occupants and fire spread, firefighters noticed numerous powder substances and packaging consistent with a drug processing lab. Police were called and a CDSA search warrant was sought.

At approximately 3 a.m., on Thursday, Jan. 4, the search warrant was executed and the following items were seized:

  • $9,930 Canadian currency
  • $105 U.S. currency
  • 295.3 grams of powder cocaine
  • 28.2 grams of methamphetamine
  • 1.2 grams of heroin
  • A loaded .45 caliber handgun
  • Money counters
  • Drug packaging
  • Drug conversion equipment
  • A surveillance detection device

Photos of some of the seized items can be found on The City of Calgary Newsroom.

In total, more than an estimated $283,000 worth of drugs were seized. At this time, the drug processing lab was not believed to be connected to the fire at the residence. It is believed the fire was caused by improper disposal of smoking materials.

Po Lo YU, 45, Kim Ha NGUYEN, 44, Thang Van LAM, 43, Kevin DO, 23 and Cynthia Kathy YU, 21, all of Calgary, each face one count each of production of a controlled substance, possession of proceeds obtained by crime and possession of a restricted firearm, and three counts each of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The investigation continues.

The strategic enforcement of drug and weapons trafficking is a priority for the Calgary Police Service. Illegal drug activity is a danger to the community and a root cause of social disorder, violent crime and property crime. Vehicle thefts, break and enters and robberies are often committed by those trying to fuel addiction. The CPS aims to address root causes of crime through crime reduction strategies and community partnerships to ensure Calgary remains a safe place to live.

Case #18004355/4527