Alleged Park Beach drug lab seized

COFFS Harbour detectives have uncovered chemicals and equipment they allege are associated with the manufacture of amphetamines.

A bottle containing what is believed to be methylamphetamine oil, a large number of pseudoephedrine-based medications and cash were seized at a Park Beach unit on Tuesday.

All of the equipment found at the Brunswick Avenue address will be forensically tested by specialist officers.

Police arrested a 49-year-old man at the scene and took him to Coffs Harbour Police Station, where he was interviewed and subsequently charged with manufacturing a prohibited drug, possessing a pre-cursor intended for use in the manufacture of a prohibited drug, and goods in custody.

The man was refused bail to face Coffs Harbour Local Court yesterday.

Detectives are continuing their inquiries.

The bust follows last week’s successful raids on properties at Raleigh and Dundurrabin when police seized $90,000 worth of cannabis and arrested three local men.

That operation was part of Strike Force Midkin, an ongoing investigation into large-scale cannabis cultivation and supply in our region.

On that occasion, a Raleigh man, 55, was charged with 16 drug, firearm and property offences.

Two Dundurrabin men, aged 28 and 36, were charged with supplying, possessing and cultivating a prohibited drug.

If you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighbourhood, you are urged to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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