Man charged over Sydney drug lab explosion

A MAN has been charged after a large-scale drug lab exploded on Sydney’s Northern Beaches last week.

Emergency services were called to a chemical factory on Prosperity Parade at Warriewood about 12.15pm on Friday 21 November, following an explosion and subsequent fire inside the building.

The fire was extinguished and officers from Northern Beaches Local Area Command established a crime scene.


During an examination of the crime scene, officers allegedly discovered the mezzanine level of the building had been converted into an elaborate clandestine laboratory.

This was dismantled with the assistance of police from State Crime Command’s Drug Squad.

Detectives from Northern Beaches Local Area Command today arrested a 44-year-old man at Dee Why Police Station.

He was charged with large commercial supply of prohibited drug; large commercial manufacture of prohibited drug; organise/conduct/assist drug premises; possess drug manufacture apparatus make prohibited drug; and possess precursor intend to use in manufacture/production.

The man was refused bail to appear in Central Local Court today.