Rat poison, kerosene used to make ecstasy in Tweed Heads home: police

POLICE have found hundreds of pills, a stash of meth and a collection of toxic chemicals including rat poison which they say was allegedly being used to make ecstasy at a house in Tweed Heads.

Police raided the Stuart Street home on Thursday afternoon and allegedly found more than 300 pills, methamphetamine, prescription medication and cannabis.

A collection of toxic chemicals including rat poison, roach killer, kerosene and lighter fuel were also found. Police allege the deadly chemicals were being used to cut and manufacture prohibited drugs.


A 21-year-old man was arrested at the home. He was searched by police and allegedly found to be concealing more meth and cannabis in his clothes.

The young man was taken to the Tweed Heads Police Station where was charged with numerous drug offences including possessing and supplying a prohibited drug.

He was refused bail and due to front Tweed Heads Local Court today.

Rat poison and kerosene were allegedly used to make ecstasy in the Tweed Heads home PHOTO: Supplied

Detective Chief Inspector Brendon Cullen, from Tweed Heads Local Area Command, says Thursday’s bust was a timely reminder of the risks people taken when ingesting prohibited drugs.

“Every time you consume illicit drugs, you are putting your life at risk as there is no quality control,” he said.

“These drugs have been outlawed for a reason – they are very dangerous. The criminals who supply illicit drugs don’t care about your health; they only care about making money.

“Anyone who is considering taking illicit drugs should stop to consider the possible consequences and not do it. It’s a gamble with your life that’s just not worth taking.”

Investigations into the discovery are continuing.

Anyone with any information that could assist police with their inquiries is urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.