Homes evacuated after drug arrests

Two men were allegedly caught 'cooking' amphetamines inside a Toormina house. 
The occupants of eight homes surrounding the Sawtell Rd address were evacuated.
Two men were allegedly caught 'cooking' amphetamines inside a Toormina house. The occupants of eight homes surrounding the Sawtell Rd address were evacuated. LEIGH JENSEN

TWO men were allegedly caught manufacturing amphetamines inside a Toormina home this morning, causing the evacuation of surrounding homes.

Coffs Harbour detectives executed a search warrant at the Sawtell Rd home around 6.30am.

Police will allege two men inside the residence, a 30-year-old Toormina man and a 35-year-old Korora man were in the process of 'cooking' an amphetamine-based substance.

Residents in eight surrounding homes were evacuated, as Coffs Harbour Hazmat was called in to render the scene safe.

Sydney-based officers attached the State Crime Command's Chemical Operations Unit are expected to arrive at the location this morning to determine the chemical composition of the drugs.

Coffs Harbour Detective Senior Sergeant Peter O'Reilly said the two men are in custody facing charges of manufacturing a prohibited substance.

"I am happy to say detectives executed the search warrant this morning acting on a good police investigation and information from members of the public,"  Snr. Srgt. O'Reilly said.

"What these people are doing in manufacturing drugs in surburban streets is highly dangerous not just to themselves, but to people in the neighbouring premises.

"These men were allegedly manufacturing drugs using highly volatile substances in the pursuit of greed, drugs and money and putting other people's lives at risk.

"This morning there was the potential for an explosion or fire resulting in the lost of life.

"The arrests are a good result for police and the public, and we urge anyone with information about the manufacture of prohibited drugs in the community to call Crimestoppers (1800 333 000) or Coffs Harbour police 6652 0299."

Police are expected to release more details on the search warrant later today.    

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