Account Login/Registration

Access KelownaNow using your Facebook account, or by entering your information below.


Facebook


OR


Register

Privacy Policy

Investigation into Okanagan ‘drug super lab’ wraps up with 11-year prison sentences

The RCMP calls it “one of the largest drug super labs in British Columbia.”

It was located in Lumby and was home to fentanyl and methamphetamine with a street value of close to $260 million when police dismantled it.

In August, 38-year-old Robyn Leigh Bryson and Trent Anton Fussi were the fifth and sixth, and final, suspects to be sent to jail in connection to the investigation.

They were both sentenced to concurrently serve 11 years in prison for the production of fentanyl and six years in prison for the production of methamphetamine.

Bryson and Fussi, who were identified as the “cooks” at the industrial-scale drug lab, also received a 10-year firearm prohibition and DNA orders.

<who>Photo Credit: RCMP

The investigation into the criminal network surrounding the Lumby drug lab was launched by the BC RCMP’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) program in 2018.

Given the scale, complexity and hazardous nature posed by the lab, they called on a number of specialized BC RCMP federal policing units to assist.

That included the FSCO teams in Osoyoos and Kelowna, along with the BC RCMP’s Clandestine Laboratories Enforcement and Response team and the federal Major Projects team.

In the initial stages of the probe, federal policing investigators uncovered a large-scale ephedrine extraction along with the methamphetamine and fentanyl production lab.

They identified Bryson, Fussi, Michael McMorris, Tyson Kopp, Michael Piggott and Michael Harvey as the main suspects of the criminal operation.

The FSOC took immediate action and executed a search warrant on the property, arresting Fussi, Kopp, Piggott and Harvey, then Bryson at a later date.

According to the RCMP, the search on Oct. 18, 2018, yielded around 48 kg of ephedrine HCI, 50 kg of solutions containing ephedrine HCI, 4.5 kg of methamphetamine, 147 gallons of solutions containing methamphetamine, 10 kg of 4-anilino-N-phenethylpiperidine (ANPP), 2.95 kg of nandrolone phenylpropionate (NPP), 660 grams of fentanyl and 124.7 litres of solutions containing both fentanyl and ANPP.

“Since the vast sum of synthetic waste material found on the property posed a significant health and safety risk to local residents, the environment, and regional agriculture, major containment and cleanup efforts ensued,” the RCMP explained.

“The search and dismantling of the massive drug super lab took FSOC investigators a total of 12 days to complete, with the cost of the cleanup and disposal of the hazardous waste material totalling nearly $370,000.”

During sentencing, the court heard the value of the seized methamphetamine was estimated at $2.2 million, while the street value of the fentanyl was estimated at $256 million.



If you get value from KelownaNow and believe local independent media is important to our community we ask that you please consider subscribing to our daily newsletter.

If you appreciate what we do, we ask that you consider supporting our local independent news platform.


Send your comments, news tips, typos, letter to the editor, photos and videos to news@kelownanow.com.




weather-icon
Tue
20℃

weather-icon
Wed
14℃

weather-icon
Thu
18℃

weather-icon
Fri
22℃

weather-icon
Sat
24℃

weather-icon
Sun
22℃

current feed webcam icon

Recent Livestream




Top Stories

Follow Us

Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook Follow us on Linkedin Follow us on Youtube Listen on Soundcloud Follow Our TikTok Feed Follow Our RSS Follow Our pinterest Feed
Follow Our Newsletter
Privacy Policy