Police uncover large-scale drug lab in rural NSW

POLICE have uncovered a large-scale drug lab and seized $9 million worth of cocaine during a major operation in country New South Wales.

Detectives from the state’s Drug and Firearms Squad began investigating the manufacture and supply of cocaine and methylamphetamine in the Southern Tablelands under Strike Force Judy in April.

Following an extensive investigation, police arrested four men aged 19, 25, 35 and 40 outside a hotel in Yass on Tuesday morning.


Police then executed a search warrant at a rural property where they allegedly found a large-scale clandestine laboratory operating inside a house.

The state’s Chemical Operations Unit has spent the past 30 hours dismantling the lab.

Police allege this house in Yass was being used as a large-scale drug lab | Image: NSW Police

So far, police have seized 30 kilograms of cocaine, as well as a collection of chemicals, drug paraphernalia, and a stash of cash both from Australia and Europe.

The drugs have an estimated potential street value of $9 million, police said.

All four men were charged with manufacturing and supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and were remanded in custody to appear in Goulburn Local Court today.

Police seized $9 million worth of cocaine from the home | Image: NSW Police

Drug and Firearms Squad Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent Jayne Doherty, praised the work of investigators.

“We’ve seen the effects of these prohibited drugs in regional areas and how it can wreak havoc on communities,” Det A/Supt Doherty said.

“The main goal of those manufacturing drugs is to make money – there’s no quality control or concern for the health of those purchasing this poison.

“We are committed to removing these toxic substances from our streets, no matter where in NSW drug peddlers seek to make a profit off others’ misery.”

Investigations under Strike Force Judy are continuing.

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