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More charges in White Rock chemical file

New charges have been sworn in connection with the recent seizure of chemicals from a White Rock apartment.

Const. Janelle Shoihet confirmed last week that a man arrested Jan. 24 outside a Prospect Avenue apartment now faces one count of making or possessing explosives and one count of “possession of firearm, etc. contrary to order.”

Hamish Sutherland, 34, remains in custody and is due back in Surrey Provincial Court on March 14.

He was initially charged with breaching probation in connection with the incident.

Police, alerted last month to chemicals that may pose “a significant risk to public safety,” descended on a third-floor apartment in the 15100-block of Prospect Avenue.

The response included officers with the Explosive Disposal and Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear Response Unit, the Lower Mainland Integrated Forensic Identification Services and Emergency Response Team, along with White Rock firefighters.

Exactly what the chemicals were has still not been determined.

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