DRUG LAB FOUND

Spe­cial­ist po­lice of­fi­cers brought in to in­spect equip­ment

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A DRUG lab­o­ra­tory was dis­cov­ered at a house in Cannonvale yes­ter­day and a man in his 20s has been charged with the pro­duc­tion of danger­ous drugs.

Spe­cial­ist po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived from Townsville yes­ter­day af­ter­noon to in­spect lab equip­ment and chem­i­cals used to man­u­fac­ture am­phet­a­mines.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Jon Kent of the Whit­sun­day Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch (CIB) said the sus­pected lab was lo­cated in a house on Shute Har­bour Road in Cannonvale early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

A sawn-off shot­gun was also found at the house. He said po­lice seized var­i­ous equip­ment and chem­i­cals be­fore call­ing in the spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers from Townsville who are at­tached to the Il­licit Lab­o­ra­tory Inves- tiga­tion Team (ILIT). Sergeant Kent said it ap­peared the equip­ment had been used for the man­u­fac­ture of sev­eral batches of am­phet­a­mines.

He said this was the fourth drug lab that po­lice in the Whit­sun­days had lo­cated this year.

“We be­lieve this in­ci­dent may put a dent in the lo­cal drug mar­ket,” he said.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Kent said the Whit­sun­day CIB and uni­form po­lice would con­tinue to ac­tively tar­get drugs in the lo­cal area, par­tic­u­larly peo­ple in­volved in the dis­tri­bu­tion of danger­ous drugs.

“This has been a clear fo­cus in re­cent months and it will con­tinue,” he said.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Kent also ad­vised that th­ese types of lab­o­ra­to­ries were very danger­ous as they con- tained chem­i­cals which could have an ex­plo­sive na­ture.

The man charged yes­ter­day af­ter­noon is ex­pected to ap­pear in court as early as to­day.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, po­lice charged a Con­way man in his 40s in re­la­tion to drug of­fences af­ter a raid of his prop­erty yes­ter­day.

Po­lice said they found an amount of am­phet­a­mines and cannabis.

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