Precursor chemicals located inside vehicle at Newcastle

Two men will face court today following a vehicle stop in Newcastle yesterday.

About 11.45am (Tuesday 5 January 2021), officers from Newcastle City Police District were patrolling the Wallsend area when they stopped a Subaru Forrester on Cowper Street and spoke with two men – aged 26 and 30.

Both men were arrested in relation to traffic offences and outstanding arrest warrants.

Police conducted a search of the vehicle during which officers located precursors consistent with the alleged manufacture of prohibited drugs, along with drug paraphernalia, methylamphetamine and GBL.

NSW Fire and & Rescue HAZMAT crews were called to render the scene safe, with officers attached to the State Crime Command Drug and Firearms Squad’s Chemical Operations Team deployed to process the scene.

The alleged driver – a 30-year-old Jesmond man – was charged with drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.

A 26-year-old Raymond Terrace man was charged with four outstanding warrants for numerous property, drug, weapon and breach of bail offences.

Both men were refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Wednesday 6 January 2021).

Investigations into the items located during the vehicle search are ongoing.

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