Corindi lab was massive: police

Seized: Some of the proceeds of crime seized on the Pacific Highway property.
Seized: Some of the proceeds of crime seized on the Pacific Highway property.

IT HAS now been revealed a clandestine drug laboratory uncovered at Corindi Beach in September, was the largest of its kind ever found in NSW.

The State Crime Command released further details and images of the large commercial drug lab after winding up yesterday’s statewide drug operation.

Police allege the laboratory, found on an industrial property off the Pacific Highway on September 16, was being used to produce paramethoxymethylamphetamine.

The facility was uncovered as part of Strike Force Zealand and led to a string of arrests.

A local man charged with firearms offences during the raid is currently before the courts.

Carl Vernon Cook, 46, is facing 14 firearm offences and charges of supplying cannabis.

It’s alleged he was found in possession of a fully automatic SKS military rifle, an unregistered bolt action rifle fitted with a scope, and a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun.

His supply charges relate to an amount of cannabis, which was seized by police.

Its alleged Cook was caught distributing more than 1.4kg of the drug and 200 cannabis seeds.

Three Central Coast men were also arrested and charged during the sting.

While two others, a 26-year-old and 59-year-old from Saratoga, were arrested last month, as police continued investigations into the large scale operation.

A 52-year-old from Grey’s Point and a 31-year-old and a 25-year-old from Gosford are also before the courts on the Central Coast, charged with manufacture and supply a large commercial quantity of an illicit drug.

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