DRUG LAB FOUND
Specialist police officers brought in to inspect equipment
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.