$5.2m commercial drug production found in homes

EXTENSIVE investigations by a New South Wales taskforce has led to the discovery and dismantling of a large-scale clandestine laboratory in Sydney’s south-west.

Police say $5.2 million worth of prohibited drugs have been seized, along with equipment used to manufacture drugs, and a man has been charged with a long list of offences.

In a statement released on Sunday, Police outlined how the discovery of the elaborate set-up was part of a long-running investigation which began in December 2016.


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As a result of inquiries by the  State Crime Command’s Criminal Groups Squad, detectives executed a crime scene warrant at a home in Carrolls Road, Menangle, over an alleged clandestine laboratory in May 2018.

“Police seized 200 items, including 1.4kg of prohibited drugs and equipment used to manufacture drugs,” the statement explains.

“Following further inquiries, strike force investigators executed a search warrant at a rural property in Calf Farm Road at Mt Hunter, about 7km west of Camden, on Wednesday 24 October 2018.”

“Over the next four days, officers from the Drugs and Firearms Squad’s Chemical Operations Unit forensically processed the scene and seized more than 450 items.

“Items seized include more than 21kg of MDMA powder and pills, 28L of GHB, 13.5kg of precursors, an amount of substances believed to be cocaine, steroids and methylamphetamine, ammunition, and equipment used to manufacture prohibited drugs.

“These prohibited drug seizures have an estimated potential street value of $5.2 million.

“Detectives are investigating links between the two properties.”

State Crime Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, said there had been a 47 per cent increase in clandestine laboratories being located and dismantled over the last financial year.

“After dismantling one of the biggest clandestine laboratories in recent times, those involved in the manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs should know that the net is closing in on them,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

“There is no quality control in illicit substances and the community should be aware that there is no way of knowing what you are ingesting and how it will affect you,” he added.

A 39-year-old man has been charged with possessing and manufacturing large commercial drugs and was refused bail to reappear in court in December.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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