Senior Constable Blane Crozier conducts forensic analysis on the weekend’s drug seizure.
Senior Constable Blane Crozier conducts forensic analysis on the weekend’s drug seizure. Mike Knott

Meth lab haul a drop in the ocean

POLICE claim the discovery of a Bundaberg speed laboratory is unlikely to stem the region’s drug “plague”.

Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Joe Hildred said while the Saturday afternoon bust at a Bundaberg motel was encouraging, it would not create much of a dent in the drug crisis.

“It’s a positive strike against drug supply in the Bundaberg district but we still have a way to go,” he said.

Det Sen Sgt Hildred said drugs such as speed were a real cause for concern.

“It is a plague on society,” he said.

Police charged two men after the alleged drug laboratory was found at a Takalvan Street motel.

Det Sen Sgt Hildred said a member of the public alerted police to the methamphetamine setup after detecting a strange smell coming from the area at about 4.15pm.

“Fifty bags of methamphetamine were found in the room along with the clandestine laboratory,” Det Sen Sgt Hildred said.

“The product was cut and ready to onsell.”

The men, aged 30 and 26, were charged with various drug offences.

The 26-year-old Powers Street resident was charged with producing a dangerous drug and two counts of supplying a relevant substance.

The 30-year-old Barolin Street man was charged with producing a dangerous drug, possessing a dangerous drug, possessing relevant substances, two counts of possessing anything used in commission of a crime and two counts of supplying a dangerous drug.

Det Sen Sgt Hildred said the men were caught along with two others at Sam’s Warehouse after police located the alleged lab.

“The other two men were interviewed and later released without charge,” he said.

“The 30-year-old man was also found to have drugs down the front of his trousers.”

They will appear in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court on March 19.



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