DRUG dealers on the Mid North Coast will be panic-stricken this morning following a major bust at Nambucca Heads.
Yesterday’s raid, which resulted in two arrests, was the culmination of a six-month investigation by Nambucca and Kempsey detectives into the manufacture of prohibited drugs in the region.
Local police and Sydney-based chemical specialists from the NSW Police Drug Squad swooped on the Bent Street home just after 7am.
The raid offered up a treasure trove for the investigators with the discovery of more than 100 grams of cannabis leaf, a small amount of amphetamine and a small quantity of ice.
“Police also seized numerous chemicals and other items which we will allege have been used in the manufacture of prohibited drugs,” said Detective Senior Constable Dave Stuart.
“The items we found are consistent with a clandestine drug laboratory which would have been in operation at some stage somewhere.
“This seizure is going to have a significant effect on the availability of amphetamines on the Mid North Coast.”
Officers arrested two Nambucca Heads women, aged 45 and 46, at the house which was sealed off as a crime scene for the day.
The 45-year-old was charged with knowingly taking part in the manufacture of a prohibited drug, possessing a prohibited drug and possessing a prescribed restricted substance.
The 46-year-old was charged with possessing a prohibited drug, hindering the execution of a search warrant, knowingly taking part in the manufacture of a prohibited drug, possessing a prescribed restricted substance and supplying a prescribed restricted substance.
The dangerous nature of the items which were discovered required back-up from Nambucca Heads Fire Brigade crews and colleagues from the Coffs Harbour Fire Station’s hazardous materials unit.
People with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.