Drug lab found by chance

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Janie Smith

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.

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