Drug lab and significant precursor chemicals located, Macleay Island
A joint agency investigation involving the Australian Crime Commission and the Queensland Police Service has located 30kg of precursor chemicals and an active drug lab during a raid.
Investigators from the Drug and Serious Crime Group, State Crime Command have charged a 35-year-old Macleay Island man with producing dangerous drugs. The investigation commenced following intelligence provided by the Australian Crime Commission.
On Tuesday, October 6 officers from the Synthetic Drug Operations Team raided a Macleay Island residence and located an active laboratory believed to be producing a number of compounds including large quantities of the drugs ecstasy and fantasy.
During the raid police located $3200 in cash, a significant amount of glassware and a large quantity of precursor and ancillary chemicals. It is believed 30kg of one of the precursor chemicals located at the scene could be used to produce approximately 7.5kg of ecstasy.
The laboratory took officers from the Illicit Laboratory Investigation Team three days to dismantle. The man was charged with producing dangerous drugs and will next appear in Cleveland Magistrates Court on December 8.
“Working together, our teams have successfully shut down a drug lab suspected of supplying illicit drugs to our community,” Australian Crime Commission Acting State Manager QLD, Ron Ladlay said.
“As Australia’s national criminal intelligence agency the Australian Crime Commission has the ability to shine a light where the light of traditional law enforcement can’t reach, and we work with our partners to share this information and intelligence.”
“A crucial element of our job is the information we receive from the public which can help us locate and dismantle these laboratories established within our community. If you notice anything suspicious at all about a residence, we encourage you to contact Crime Stoppers,” Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the Drug and Serious Crime Group said.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.