Officers with the North West Region OPP say 8 suspects are facing charges after a bust of methamphetamine, fentanyl and firearms in Fort Frances.

The OPP say a search warrant was executed at a Fort Frances residence and seized a large amount of meth and fentanyl, along with smaller amounts of other drugs, cash, firearms and stolen property.

The Canine Unit, Crime Unit and Emergency Response Team were all involved in the arrest. Officers note that this is another indication of how serious drugs like methamphetamine and fentanyl are ‘infiltrating our small northern communities.’

The North West Region OPP is part of the National Methamphetamine Strategy Public Awareness Campaign, which aims to help community partners recognize signs of synthetic drug production in their neighbourhoods.

Police say methamphetamine and synthetic drug labs can be found anywhere, and if you see indications of a drug lab, remain at a safe distance and do not approach suspects.

Indicators of a lab may include:

- Suspicious activity, secretive behavior and individuals who may avoid neighbour interactions,
- Occupants attend for short time periods and at odd hours,
- Chemical odours,
- Garbage contains numerous chemical containers, glassware, bags full of soil or garbage are never put out,
- Location has excessive security,
- Evidence of chemical dumping grounds on or near premises (burn pits or dead spots on lawn),
- Windows covered,
- Odd items being brought inside the location,
- equipment, glassware, chemical drums, etc.

Anyone with any information regarding the illegal sale or manufacturing of drugs in your community is asked to call your local police service, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).