Police swoop on drug labs at Park Beach

POLICE have smashed a major drug ring with raids at Park Beach yesterday.

Officers who simultaneously swooped on four properties arrested five men and a woman and were interviewing them late yesterday.

A Coffs Harbour man was subsequently charged with two counts of knowingly taking part in the supply of prohibited drugs, and one count of receiving stolen property.

Police will allege two addresses - Vincent Street and Boultwood Street - had equipment and chemicals 'consistent with clandestine laboratory activity'. Another address in Boultwood Street, and one at Prince Street, were also searched.

The Coffs/Clarence Target Action Group (TAG) is confident of further arrests during the ongoing investigation into drug supply and stolen goods at Park Beach.

“We will allege this group of people were the major manufacturers and distributors of illegal drugs in the Park Beach area,” Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, told the Coffs Coast Adocate.

“We will also allege that a large percentage of their activity involved the stealing and receiving of stolen goods.”

During the raids, police allegedly seized amphetamines, cannabis, ecstasy and prescription drugs, cash, and a large amount of stolen property including laptops, flat screen televisions, DVDs, mobile phones, iPods, navigation systems, pushbikes, a large amount of jewellery including Vietnam War service medals, a car and two motorbikes.

Local police and the State Crime Command's chemicals unit carried out the raids, and they called on the expertise of firefighters who used hazardous materials equipment during the operation.

“These clandestine laboratories are very dangerous and can put the safety of firefighters at risk, along with members of the community who may be living near these labs, because of the explosive chemicals involved,” Mr Lindsay said.

“If anyone believes drug manufacturing is occurring, they need to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

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