Kentville man charged with methamphetamine production remains in custody

Published on March 14, 2017

There was a heavy police presence around the North End Market convenience store building on Mee Road in Kentville March 11. The investigation was related to suspected methamphetamine production activity in the basement of the building.

©Jennifer Vardy Little

KENTVILLE, NS - A man accused of producing methamphetamine in a basement apartment in the North End Market building will be back in court later this month for a bail hearing.

Andrew Ross Baltzer, 22, was present in Kentville provincial court in custody on March 13. The Crown was opposed to his release. Baltzer consented to being remanded in custody until March 20, when he’s scheduled to return to court for a bail hearing.

Baltzer is charged with unlawfully producing methamphetamine and committing mischief by wilfully damaging property to a value exceeding $5,000. The charges have not been proven in court. It’s alleged that Baltzer committed the offences in Kentville on March 10.

Members of the Kentville Police Service and Kentville firefighters received a report of a suspicious odour from the owner of the North End Market building on Mee Road at around 8:30 p.m. on March 10.

After entering the building to locate the source, police and fire officials discovered what appeared to be a suspected drug activity related to the production of methamphetamine. The building was immediately evacuated due to the toxic nature of the chemicals involved.

The Kings County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team and Kings County HAZMAT Unit including firefighters from the Kentville, New Minas and Wolfville departments were called to assist.