Three charged after Richmond fentanyl lab dismantled

The Vancouver Police Department says charges have been laid in connection to a lengthy investigation into a fentanyl lab.

Officers say they began their investigation in January 2023, of an illegal lab that was allegedly producing fentanyl and other deadly street drugs.

The lab was found inside a Richmond home, and through a search warrant, officers were able to shut it down last year.

Police say investigators found and seized more than seven kilograms of fentanyl, 800 grams of methamphetamines, and almost $40,000 in cash. A man found inside the lab was also found to have 15 kg of fentanyl, along with two kg of cocaine, and nearly $48,000 in cash in a nearby vehicle.

Jason Conrad of Duncan, and both Liam McRae and Erin Fineday of Richmond are now facing several charges, including trafficking fentanyl.

Police say the criminal charges stem from “Project Toluene” — an initiative launched last year by the VPD to target a group of criminals involved in manufacturing and trafficking illegal drugs.

With files from Charlie Carey