Deadly drugs hit streets

POLICE believe a deadly batch of drugs made in a Park Beach ‘lab’ has already hit the streets.

Industrial-grade chemicals considered extremely toxic were allegedly used to make amphetamines – otherwise known as speed – at the Brunswick Avenue lab which detectives have now dismantled.

“We haven’t seen these types of chemicals used previously – they are not typically used in the manufacture of amphetamines and they could easily result in death for anyone who consumes these drugs,” said Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay.

“The last thing you would want to be doing is putting them in your body.

“They are backyard operators who don’t care about the effects on the people who take these substances and the people buying the substances don’t know what they’re getting.

“Don’t believe you are going to be getting amphetamine produced in the conventional manner.”

Mr Lindsay said police would not release the names of the seized chemicals for fear people would ‘experiment’.

Tuesday’s raid was part of an ongoing investigation into the local manufacture of illegal drugs and follows last month’s discovery of drug-making equipment in a Toormina self-storage bay.

Also found at the Brunswick Avenue bust were a bottle containing what’s believed to be methylamphetamine oil, a large number of pseudoephedrine-based medications and cash.

A man, 49, was arrested at the scene 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.

Detectives continue their inquiries as specialist police further analyse the chemicals uncovered.

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