Man jailed after manufacturing 38,000 ecstacy pills in a ‘makeshift lab’ in Manchester

GMP says it's believed the tablets were ready to sell and "bound for Parklife".

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 24th January 2024

A man who manufactured more than 38,000 ecstacy pills in a “makeshift lab” in Manchester has been handed jail time.

Jian Huang has been sentenced to nine years behind bars.

The 44-year-old appeared Manchester Minshull Street Court yesterday (Monday 23 January), and was sentenced after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to possession with intent to supply class A drugs. 

It comes after approximately 38,500 ecstasy tablets were seized by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in April of last year, after officers attended an anonymous call for a concern for welfare at an address on Arran Street in Moston following reports that an argument could be heard coming from inside the house, and a women and children could be heard shouting. 

Police attended the scene on 19 April 2023, and, despite such little information available to them, then conducted several house-to-house enquiries.


GMP said Huang was acting “extremely evasive” to questions he was asked relating to his female partner and children, which therefore “raised concerns”.

This was all before officers went on to discover the property was being used as a “makeshift lab”.


Upstairs bedrooms inside the address were found padlocked, but when Huang said he had no keys to these rooms, forced entry was used, and an extremely-large amount of class A drugs, a tablet production machine, and loads of associated manufacturing equipment was found.

The drug was discovered in various stages of preparation – some were suspended in liquid, and some were drying, as well as more than 38,000 tablets.

GMP say they believe the pills were being “prepped for sale”, and were likely bound for Parklife festival due to time time when they were recovered. 

Man jailed after manufacturing 38,000 ecstacy pills in a ‘makeshift lab’ in Manchester / Credit: GMP

Detective Constable Heather Gore, who is from GMP’s North’s Challenger organised crime team, said response officers did an “outstanding” job in “bringing Huang to justice”.

DC Gore continued: “It looked like Huang was preparing to sell these drugs which would have likely ended up at festivals such as Parklife,

“So seizing such a huge quantity was a significant result.

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“The address appeared to be a laboratory for converting ecstasy from its liquid form, to a pressed tablet. There was approximately 38,500 ecstasy tablets, 7kgs of unpressed ecstasy, and 10 litres containing methylamphetamine.

“The tablets alone have a street value of approximately £385,000.”

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