Raid: The Toormina storage facility.
Raid: The Toormina storage facility.

Local drug lab found: arrest made

SPECIALIST police have uncovered more drug equipment but no hazardous substances at a Toormina crime scene.

The State Crime Command’s clandestine laboratories unit from Sydney arrived on Thursday afternoon to scour a storage bay at Coffs Harbour Hi-Tech Self Storage in Craft Close.

They were backed up by firefighters from Sawtell and Coffs Harbour, including a hazardous materials unit.

This follows a raid by Coffs Harbour detectives the previous day when drug equipment including glassware, piping and tubes were seized.

“The further search by the clandestine laboratories unit found more equipment we believe has been used to manufacture prohibited drugs,” said acting Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Acting Inspector Peter O’Reilly. “All equipment has been seized for forensic analysis.”

The investigations began on Wednesday when police swooped on a house in Coffs Harbour’s Brodie Drive where they found 28 grams of cannabis and electrical gear.

A man, 35, who was at the home when police arrived was subsequently charged with prohibited drug possession.

He will appear in court at a later date.

This raid then led police to the Toormina storage bay. The seizures this week follow last month’s dismantling of a suspected clandestine drug laboratory in Toormina Place, Coffs Harbour.



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