More arrests over Corindi drugs

TWO more men have been charged over a police raid on a Corindi Beach property, which allegedly uncovered a clandestine drug lab and a cache of illegal weapons.

Drug squad detectives have charged a 26-year-old who attended the Gosford Police Station on Tuesday afternoon, a day after a 59-year-old man was arrested at a Saratoga home.

Police have followed a number of leads since the drug bust on a Pacific Highway property at Corindi Beach in September.

The youngest of the two has been granted bail to reappear in court on January 11 charged with manufacture a large commercial quantity of prohibited drug.

The 59-year-old, meanwhile, has been refused bail on drug supply charges.

Police say two search warrants have been executed at properties at Brumbles Creek Road, Ourimbah and Broadwater Drive, Saratoga.

The Corindi raid was part of a State Crime Command Drug Squad investigation, codenamed Strike Force Zealand, into the alleged manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs – primarily Paramethoxymethylamphetamine (PMMA).

A large scale pill press was uncovered at the industrial Corindi Beach address on Thursday, September 16.

Three Central Coast men were arrested along with a local man.

Carl Vernon Cook, 46, is currently facing cannabis supply and firearm charges in the Coffs Harbour Local Court.

Police allege a stash of illegal weapons was found at the property, including a fully automatic SKS military assault rifle.

Two unregistered firearms, a bolt-action rifle and a 12-gauge pump action shotgun, were also allegedly found by police.

Cook also stands accused of distributing more than 1.4kg of cannabis and 200 cannabis seeds.

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