SUMMERSIDE - In the last week authorities here have arrested 10 people in three separate drug raids.
On June 15, police arrested two men after marijuana, hashish, hydromorphone, a small marihuana oil extraction lab, money, scales and a cell phone was seized from an apartment on Chelsey Court in Summerside. With the assistance of the Prince District JFO Drug Unit, Summerside Police executed the search warrant without incident.
During the search police discovered butane was being used in production of the marijuana.
"Butane is very dangerous and makeshift," said Sgt. Joseph Peters with the Major Crime Unit. "We've seen [butane] used before in the city."
Butane production labs are a danger to growers and the public, said Peters.
"Butane has accounted for a number of explosions and fires across Canada, resulting from improper safety measures being taken by the operators," he said.
Peters warned the public to call police if aware of anyone involved in producing marijuana oil with butane.
A 29-year-old man faces four drug charges and will appear in provincial court at a later date. The other male was released.
On June 13 police arrested four people in connection with a drug raid at a residence on Mosquito Path in Lennox Island.
Police found marijuana, a digital scale, money, packaging supplies and drug debt lists.
Police arrested three men aged 19, 21 and 29. A 50-year-old female was also arrested.
The suspects will appear in provincial court at a later date when the charges are complete.
In another incident, on June 8, police arrested four more people in an apartment on South Drive in Summerside.
Prince District JFO Drug Unit, Summerside Police and West Prince RCMP recovered marijuana, crack cocaine, hydromorphone, scales, money, and cell phones while executing the search warrant.
Peters said the raids aren't out of the ordinary.
"These types of drugs are quite common."
Police arrested two men, 42 and 29, a 22-year-old woman, and a 17-year-old boy who was later released.
The three accused will appear in provincial court at a later date.