Accused in Colchester County meth lab pleads not guilty

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TRURO - The accused in what's believed to be the province's first meth lab operation has pleaded not guilty to related charges.

A Hilden man charged in relation to what is believed to be Nova Scotia's first meth lab take down, which was dismantled in December in Salmon River by RCMP investigators, has pleaded not guilty to charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, as well as firearms charges under the Criminal Code.. FILE PHOTO

Lance Gordon Phillips, 26, appeared in provincial court briefly Wednesday morning and had his counsel, David Mahoney, enter the pleas on his behalf.

Mahoney said he's still waiting on additional disclosure from the federal crown attorney and wanted an adjournment before setting a trial date.

Phillips, of 15 Easthill Ct., Hilden, is 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's also facing firearms charges, including unsafe handling and transport of a loaded 12-guage pump-action shotgun, possession of a loaded shotgun for a dangerous purpose, possession of a firearm without a license and operating a motor vehicle knowing it contained a loaded firearm.

Phillips has elected to be tried before a provincial court judge.

He will return to court on April 3 at 9:30 a.m. to set a trial date.

He was arrested on Dec. 11 after RCMP investigators dismantled the meth lab in a trailer on Matheson Drive in Salmon River. With a search warrant, the RCMP Synthetic Drug Section and Clandestine Lab Enforcement Response Team entered the premises on Dec. 12, where they found chemicals, equipment and residue of unidentified substances related to the production of methamphetamine.

Phillips was renting the trailer where the meth lab was dismantled.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Colchester County, Salmon River

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