Police charge four after clandestine laboratory dismantled – South Coast

Three men and a woman have been charged following an investigation into the supply of prohibited drugs on the state’s South Coast last night.

In June 2021, following information received, officers attached to South Coast Police District commenced an investigation into the supply of prohibited drugs, namely methylamphetamine, in the state’s south.

With assistance from Drug and Firearms Squad’s Chemical Operations Team, the Public Order Riot Squad and Dog Squad, a search warrant was executed at a house on Mernie Street, Old Erowal Bay, about 5.45pm yesterday (Wednesday 30 June 2021).

During the search, officers located a clandestine laboratory inside the premises, and seized items consistent with the manufacture of prohibited drugs, including 2kg of pseudoephedrine.

A 48-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Nowra Police Station where he was charged with manufacture prohibited drug – commercial quantity and possess precursor chemical.

He was refused bail to appear in Nowra Local Court today (Thursday 1 July 2021).

With the assistance of Sutherland Shire Police Area Command Detectives, another 48-year-old man was later arrested in Caringbah. He was taken to Sutherland Police Station and charged with manufacture prohibited drug – commercial quantity and possess precursor chemical.

He was refused bail to appear in Sutherland Local Court today.

Following further inquiries, investigators stopped a vehicle on Owen Street, Huskisson, just before11pm. The vehicle was searched, and police seized 200ml of GBL, over $3000 cash and four mobile phones.

A subsequent search warrant was conducted at a house on Hawke Street, Huskisson, during which officers seized an indictable quantity of methylamphetamine and $4000 cash.

A 38-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man were arrested at the Huskisson address and taken to Nowra Police Station, where they were charged with two counts of supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug, and deal with proceeds of crime.

The man was also charged with manufacture prohibited drug – commercial quantity.

They were refused bail to appear before Nowra Local Court today (Thursday 1 July 2021).

Police are reminding the public to contact Crime Stoppers or local police if they witness what they believe to be suspicious behaviour. In relation to clandestine laboratories, this can include suspicious/abnormal chemical odours, unusual patterns of behaviour, including coming and going intermittently and at odd hours of the day/night, people carrying large containers of chemicals into residential properties.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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