Police have charged a man after a clandestine laboratory was discovered following a fire in Sydney’s west yesterday.
About 5pm (Wednesday 12 August 2020), emergency services were called to a home on Ben Place, Beaumont Hills, after reports of a fire.
When crews from Fire & Rescue NSW extinguished the blaze, they found a sophisticated clandestine drug lab in the garage of the property.
Officers from The Hills Police Area Command arrested a 31-year-old man at the scene before taking him under guard to Blacktown Hospital for observation and treatment for minor injuries.
Police established a crime scene before executing a search warrant at the property where they allegedly found 12.5kg of Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL), as well as chemicals and instruments for the manufacturing of the drug.
The man was released from hospital and charged at Castle Hill Police Station with manufacture prohibited drug – large commercial quantity, and supply prohibited drug – large commercial quantity, about 2.15pm today (Thursday 13 August 2020).
He was refused bail and is due to appear in Parramatta Local Court today (Thursday 13 August 2020).
Investigations are continuing.
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.