Ice labs boom­ing in western sub­urbs

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - DAVID HUR­LEY

MELBOURNE’S west is the state’s epi­cen­tre for the man­u­fac­ture of the deadly drug ice.

New sta­tis­tics ob­tained by the Sun­day Her­ald Sun have re­vealed in the past year more ice labs have been un­cov­ered by po­lice in Brim­bank than any­where else.

Cen­tral Melbourne, the city’s north and its south­east­ern sub­urbs also rank highly for pro­duc­tion of the lethal drug.

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve or­gan­ised crime fig­ures are in­creas­ingly cook­ing up ice on­shore in­stead of im­port­ing the fin­ished prod­uct from over­seas.

Bor­der of­fi­cials have no­ticed a spike in ice pre­cur­sor chem­i­cals be­ing il­le­gally im­ported into the coun­try, mainly from China.

A po­lice spokesman said: “Vic­to­ria Po­lice has ab­so­lutely no tol­er­ance for crim­i­nals who set up clan­des­tine drug lab­o­ra­to­ries with the sole pur­pose of prof­it­ing from the wide­spread harm caused by drugs.”

Op­po­si­tion po­lice spokesman Ed­ward O’Dono­hue crit­i­cised the gov­ern­ment’s Ice Ac­tion Plan and said it had failed. “Ice labs are op­er­at­ing across Melbourne,” he said.

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