Hilden man charged with producing meth released on bail

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO - A Hilden man facing charges related to what is believed to be Nova Scotia’s first methamphetamine lab was granted bail on Monday morning.

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Lance Gordon Phillips, 26, was charged last week after RCMP investigators dismantled what is believed to have been a meth lab in a trailer located on Matheson Drive in Salmon River.

Phillips is facing a number of charges including 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 now is also facing firearms charges after police allege that they found a loaded 12-guage shotgun and loose ammunition in his car.

His release from custody was granted with the approval of both federal and provincial Crown attorney after a release plan was filed with the court.

Phillips was also required to post a $1,000 surety while his mother, Patricia MacLeod posted a $1,000 cash bond and a $2,000 surety.

He must also reside at his mother’s residence at 15 Easthill Court in Hilden and adhere to a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. Phillips is permitted to work while released on bail but  must travel directly from his residence to work and back again.

He is also banned from a list of chemicals and ingredients that could be used to manufacture meth, must not possess any firearms or weapons and must not have communication with anyone with a known criminal record.

Phillips is scheduled to return to provincial court in Truro on Jan. 30 to enter a plea.

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Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Salmon River, Truro

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