Hutchison chief unaware his Canadian property used as Ice factory A luxury house in Vancouver belonging to Hutchison Whampoa boss Canning Fok Kin-ning was turned into a drug factory without his knowledge, Canadian newspapers reported yesterday. The underground drug factory was discovered in a police raid on Saturday. Narcotics officers raided the 9,000 sq ft house in the luxury residential area of West Point Grey and found in the basement a large quantity of ingredients used to make the drug Ice. The house, at 4659 Belmont Avenue and worth about C$1.64 million ($10.35 million), is owned by a company called Resear, which is run by Mr Fok. Investigations showed the house has been leased, and the lessee in turn sublet it to a third party. Canadian police said they believed the owner of the house was not linked to the drug operation. All those involved in the factory had fled before police arrived. A spokesman for the city's police, Tim Fanning, said it was the largest drug lab of its kind the Vancouver force had ever found. The factory had the capability of producing 4.5kg of Ice every 12 hours, said Dave Nelms, of Vancouver's narcotics department. Police estimate that if the factory had operated around the clock for six weeks, it could have produced about 378kg of Ice with an estimated value of C$4 million. Mr Nelms said police were still investigating the case and did not know how much of the drug had been produced and sold from the factory. A Hutchison Whampoa spokesman said it could not confirm the report last night as Mr Fok was on a business trip and could not be contacted. Canadian police said the property was severely contaminated and might be beyond repair. 'There are potentially extremely hazardous situations where, if the ingredients aren't handled correctly, there is potential for an explosion, especially with the amount of materials we had there,' Mr Fanning said.