Police uncover a drugs laboratory

A CLANDESTINE drugs laboratory has been discovered only a stone's-throw from Macksville Police Station.

And investigators believe there are probably more in the district.

Following a tip-off, seven police from the Mid North Coast Local Area Command raided a house in River Street at 8.50am on Tuesday.

Detective Senior Constable Dave Stuart said they found, in the kitchen, chemicals and other equipment used to make prohibited drugs, most likely ecstasy or methylamphetamines.

The value and type of chemicals is still to be confirmed.

Police also found four cannabis plants and cannabis seeds, with an estimated street value of $8000, along with utensils to administer prohibited drugs.

Officers arrested a man at the scene and took him to Macksville Police Station, where he was interviewed and later charged with taking part in the manufacture of a prohibited drug, cultivating a prohibited plant and possessing a prohibited drug.

He was conditionally bailed to appear in Macksville Local Court on August 9.

"Police have identified another male who is wanted in connection with this matter. We are urging anyone who knows anything about these activities to contact Nambucca Heads detectives on 6598 5399."

Const. Stuart said detectives from the State Crime Command's drug squad (chemical operations section), and hazardous materials crews from NSW Fire Brigades, arrived at the scene at 6.45pm on Tuesday to conduct further examinations.

They returned at 8.30am yesterday to continue their investigations, and were joined by NSW Police forensic chemists.

"This discovery is a good result, however, police believe there could be other set-ups like this in the area and we urge people to contact us with any information," Const. Stuart said.

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