Police bust meth lab

Posted: 25th May 2011 by Doc in Uncategorized
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A 35 year old man is now charged with the manufacture and supply of methamphetamine and a 55 year old man is charged with allowing a premises to be used for offences against the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Western Bay of Plenty CIB acting officer in charge, Detective Senior Sergeant Lindsay Pilbrow, says two men, a woman and an 11 year old child were at the address when the search warrant was executed.

“This was a significant sized clan lab operation that was fully operational in a residential area,” says Lindsay.

“Police will be using the specialised clan lab team from Auckland to dismantle and analyse the large amount of chemicals and equipment that have been located at the property.

“Combined with the fact that this was illegal drugs activity, it is also very concerning that an operation like this has been established in a residential area with a number of other people and children living nearby.

“Clandestine laboratories are dangerous operations, and all of these people could have been harmed by this activity.”

He says Child Youth and Family Services is informed in relation to the welfare of the child and further charges may result from this.

Lindsay says Bay of Plenty Police are continuing to put pressure on those involved with the manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs.

“Illicit drugs of any kind cause significant harm in local communities.

“This not only includes the harm done to the individual user, but the harm created by other crime which is ultimately linked to this activity, including burglary, intimidation and violence.

“We won’t tolerate this activity and local communities shouldn’t stand for it either.

“We will continue to target, disrupt and prosecute those individuals and groups who continue to involve themselves in this activity.


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