Police work to dismantle an alleged meth lab operation in Thabeban.
Police work to dismantle an alleged meth lab operation in Thabeban. Mike Knott

Drug lab found near school

POLICE have charged two people with drugs offences after raiding an alleged meth lab just metres away from a primary school.

Detectives from Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch raided the home in McCarthy Street, Thabeban, about 3pm on Wednesday.

“A search of the property located a methylamphetamine laboratory,” Detective Sergeant Ben Fadian said.

Police also allegedly found drugs and equipment used in the production of dangerous drugs in the house, near St Mary's Catholic Primary School.

The home, which sits just metres from a school zone crossing, was cordoned off for several hours as the drug squad worked in protective gear to dismantle the clandestine operation.

Det Sgt Fadian said two teenagers were charged after the alleged discovery and would appear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on October 22.

A 19-year-old man was charged with production of dangerous drugs, possession of a utensil and a weapons act offence.

A 19-year-old Thabeban woman was charged with production of a dangerous drug.

Acting Inspector Joe Hildred said the community needed to be wary of possible drug-manufacturing labs, urging them not to touch anything because of the potential danger..

“If people smell or hear anything suspicious, they should contact police or Crime Stoppers immediately,” he said.



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