TRURO – A Hilden man charged in a meth lab bust in Salmon River before Christmas had his matters adjourned in provincial court on Wednesday.
Lance Gordon Phillips, 26, of 15 Easthill Court, appeared with his lawyer on charges under both the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and the Criminal Code.
He’s charged with unlawful possession of chemicals known to produce a controlled substance - methamphetamine - and unlawfully producing a substance - methamphetamine - under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
He is also facing four firearms charges, including unsafe handling and transport of a loaded 12-guage pump action shotgun, possessing a loaded shotgun for a purpose dangerous to the public peace, possessing a firearm without a license and operating a vehicle while knowing it contained a loaded firearm.
Phillips’ lawyer, David Mahoney, requested an adjournment to March 6 at 9:30 a.m. for plea.
Phillips was arrested on Dec. 11 after RCMP investigators dismantled what’s believed to be the province’s first meth lab in a trailer located on Matheson Drive in Salmon River.
Acting on a search warrant, members of the RCMP Synthetic Drug Section and Clandestine Lab Enforcement Response Team entered the premises on Dec. 12. Once inside, they located chemicals, equipment and residue of unidentified substances related to the production of methamphetamine.
Police said Phillips was renting the trailer where the lab was dismantled but that he is not the owner of the residence.