Police make arrests after discovery of large steroid lab in western suburbs

Western District CIB, as part of an ongoing investigation into the manufacture and distribution of steroid type products, have arrested three men following the discovery of a large scale and fully operational illicit drug lab in Queenstown.

On Friday 9 July, police searched a property on Port Road, uncovering the large scale clandestine laboratory manufacturing steroid type products. Commercial equipment used in connection with the manufacturing of the steroid product was also located.

Police from the Drug and Organised Crime Branch attended the scene and assisted in the dismantling of the laboratory equipment over a three day period. Police seized in excess of 500,000 steroid tablets, over 100 kilograms of steroid powder and more than 100 litres of liquid steroid along with prescribed equipment used in the manufacturing process.

Investigators also searched a property at Modbury North yesterday and located a clandestine cannabis extraction laboratory and an unregistered firearm (pistol).

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A 45-year-old man from Modbury North was charged with two counts of possess prescription medication for sale, three counts of manufacture a prescription drug, possess prescribed equipment to manufacture a controlled drug, manufacture a controlled drug, possess a firearm without a licence, possess prescribed equipment and possess prescription medication.

A 65-year-old man from Royal Park was charged with three counts of manufacture a prescription drug, possess prescribed equipment to manufacture a controlled drug and possess prescription medication.

A 40-year-old man from Mawson Lakes was charged with three counts of manufacture a prescription drug, possess prescribed equipment to manufacture a controlled drug and possess prescription medication.

All three men were refused bail and will be appearing at the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court today.

Investigations are continuing and police ask anyone with information about the manufacture, sale, supply or possession of illicit drugs to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au You can remain anonymous.

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