Man arrested for allegedly cooking drugs on apartment balcony

A 32-year-old man is in custody after allegedly cooking methamphetamine on an apartment balcony on Saturday night.

Around 8:40 p.m., Abbotsford police responded to a report of a bad smell coming from an apartment on 22000 McKenzie Road.

Const. Ian MacDonald said police arrived and noticed a man on the third floor balcony cooking with chemicals, producing what police suspect was methamphetamine.

"This fellow was apparently yelling at neighbours while he was... cooking some drugs, according to witnesses, on his barbecue."

The man hid in his apartment until police obtained a search warrant and arrested the man.

Due to the nature of the chemicals the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service was called in to decontaminate the suspect.

The suspect was washed down and then taken into custody. He was later released, and police have recommended charges of production of a controlled substance.

MacDonald said the incident is somewhat unusual as meth production is usually done in clandestine places like homes or sheds.

APD will continue investigating with assistance from the RCMP drug lab team.


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