THREE men have been charged after police uncovered two clandestine laboratories during raids on several homes in Sydney.
Detectives, including the Public Order and Riot Squad, executed a search warrant at a home in Cecil Hills, and two crime scene warrants at a rural property at Kemps Creek and a home at Bankstown on Tuesday.
It comes after the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad established Strike Force Knauer in February, to investigate the manufacture and supply of methylamphetamine across Sydney.
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During the raids, investigators uncovered illicit drug labs at the homes in Kemps Creek and Cecil Hills, which were dismantled by the Drug and Firearms Squad’s Chemical Operations Team and specialist forensic officers.
They also found 400L of a liquid believed to be methylamphetamine at the Kemps Creek home, while more than 300 items were seized at the properties, including equipment and chemicals consistent with drug manufacture, 4L of GBL, 170g of MDMA, and 100g of methylamphetamine.
Police say the Chemical Operations Unit are continuing to dismantle the labs.
RSPCA NSW was also called in to check on the welfare of a number of animals living at the properties.
A 42-year-old man was arrested at the Bankstown home yesterday, while a 28-year-old man was also taken into custody after he turned up to the house a short time later.
The older man was charged with 17 offences including possess drug manufacture apparatus make prohibited drug, participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, deal with property proceeds of crime, supply prohibited drug, supply prohibited drug commercial quantity , and possess prohibited drug.
The younger man was charged with possess unauthorised pistol after a replica pistol was allegedly located in his car.
The pair were refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court today.
Meanwhile, a 46-year-old man has also been charged with knowingly/recklessly direct criminal group assist crime, supply prohibited drug, knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, and manufacture prohibited drug after he was arrested while driving through Cecil Hills on Tuesday morning, with police finding $10,000 in the car.
He was refused bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court today.
Investigations are continuing.
WATCH: Police raid a home at Cecil Hills, uncovering a clandestine lab.