Drug lab found by chance
Police made an unexpected discovery while investigating a suspicious person in Pt Chevalier.
A police dog handler and staff were tracking the man, who had been seen loitering on properties, when they came across a drug lab at a Parr Rd address at around 2am on Monday last week.
Senior sergeant Gary Barber says the man was found underneath a house in the street but while police were questioning him, they noticed a motorcycle with a covered number plate at another address.
While talking to a woman at the property, officers noticed a strong chemical smell coming from the house, he says.
Police searched the house and found a drug lab operating in a small lean-to at the back of the house, which was linked with the kitchen.
Five people were evacuated from the house and the property was isolated while the Fire Service hazardous chemicals unit was called out.
Everyone involved with the scene, including police officers, had to go through a decontamination shower which Mr Barber says was not pleasant in the early hours of the morning.
Three men aged 23, 35 and 40 and two women aged 34 and 40 were arrested. They face charges relating to manufacturing and allowing a premise to be used for the manufacture of a prohibited substance.
They will appear in the Auckland District Court on October 20.