Police are “disappointed” members of the public did not alert them to methamphetamine production in a house that later exploded and killed the ‘p’ cook.
Police today named the dead man as Clint Gordon Curly, 25, of Waiuku.
He was killed in an explosion at a rural home in Glenbrook, west of Papatoetoe, on Thursday.
Detective Senior Sergeant Al Symonds of the Counties Manukau police said investigations into the circumstances surrounding the explosion were continuing.
“It is evident that Mr Curly was in the process of manufacturing an illicit drug when a chemical process went wrong resulting in the explosion that killed him,” he said.
Though methamphetamine was suspected, forensic tests were continuing to determine exactly which drug Curly was manufacturing.
A 38-year-old man is due to appear in the Pukekohe District Court on Wednesday charged with allowing premises to be used for drug manufacturing.
More charges are expected.
Symonds said it was “disappointing to hear from a number of sources in the community that they knew drug activity was occurring at the address.
“Not once was this reported to the police.
“If we are to combat the scourge of methamphetamine and other harmful drugs, then we need the help of the community to do so,” he said.