Po­lice find sus­pected heroin lab

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ELESHA ED­MONDS

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.

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One­hunga Polic­ing Team car­ried out an early morn­ing oper­a­tion on July 28.

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