MORE than 60kg of meth, with an estimated street value of over $30 million, has been discovered in a Sydney unit by fire crews responding to reports of a blaze.
Emergency services rushed to the unit block in Hazelwood Place at Epping, about 11.50am on Monday after a fire alarm was triggered.
When firefighters entered the unit, they found what appeared to be a clandestine laboratory, with neighbouring units evacuated as a precaution.
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Officers from the Fire & Rescue NSW Hazmat and the Drug and Firearms Squad’s Chemical Operations Unit were called in and rendered the location safe before dismantling the lab.
Detectives seized more than 60kg of a crystalline substance, believed to be methylamphetamine from the apartment.
Police are now seeking the whereabouts of a man believed to have left the area before emergency services arrived.
The man is described as being aged between 20 and 30, having a solid build, about 180cm tall, with an olive/tanned complexion, dark hair, and possibly suffering facial burns.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Ryde detectives on 9858 9299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.