Police find suspected heroin lab
Police have discovered a suspected ‘‘homebake’’ heroin lab following an armed raid of an Auckland house.
The lab was discovered in a Housing New Zealand property in Onehunga during an early morning police operation on July 28.
Police had been monitoring the house following an anonymous tip-off and had initially believed the occupants may have been selling methamphetamine.
But a search of the property uncovered hundreds of used and full syringes, and a homebake kit allegedly used to manufacture heroin.
Around half a dozen full syringes are believed to contain heroin, police say. Further tests are being carried out.
A ‘‘large amount of cannabis’’ was also found on the property.
Constable Don Allan says the find was a surprise for the Onehunga Policing Team.
‘‘We’ve never ever comes across heroin manufacturing at all.’’
Police say a male and female were arrested at the address.
Allan says police suspect the tenant of the property had been subletting the house to the occupants.
A Housing New Zealand spokeswoman says subletting a state house to other people is considered a serious breach of the Tenancy Agreement.
Onehunga Policing Team carried out an early morning operation on July 28.