Clandestine drug lab dismantled at Mount Hunter

Police dismantled a large-scale drug laboratory and seized more than $5 million worth of drugs from a home at Mount Hunter last month.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Criminal Groups Squad began investigations into the manufacture of prohibited drugs across NSW as part of Strike Force Lovelle in December 2016.

As a result of their inquiries, a Carrolls Road, Menangle property was searched in May this year, where 200 items – including 1.4 kilograms of prohibited drugs and equipment used to manufacture drugs – were seized.

Following further inquiries, strike force investigators searched a rural property on Calf Farm Road on Wednesday, October 24.

Officers from the Drugs and Firearms Squad’s Chemical Operations Unit forensically processed the scene and seized more than 450 items over the next four days.

They seized more than 21 kilograms of MDMA powder and pills, 28 litres of GHB, 13.5 kilograms of precursors, substances believed to be cocaine, steroids and methylamphetamine, ammunition, and equipment used to manufacture prohibited drugs.

The items have an estimated street value of $5.2 million.

Detectives are now investigating links between the Menangle and Mount Hunter properties.

A 39-year-old man was arrested as he left Campbelltown Hospital on October 26 and charged with large commerical drug manufacture, large commercial drug supply, possess prohibited drug, possess drug manufacture apparatus, possess tablet press or drag encapsulator, and possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority.

He faced Campbelltown Court the next day and was formally refuesd bail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19.

State Crime Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith, said there had been a 47 per cent increase in clandestine laboratories being located and dismantled over the last financial year.

“After dismantling one of the biggest clandestine laboratories in recent times, those involved in the manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs should know that the net is closing in on them,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

“There is no quality control in illicit substances and the community should be aware that there is no way of knowing what you are ingesting and how it will affect you.

“We will continue to dismantle and disrupt these criminal drug enterprises and stop this poison from hitting our streets.”

Investigations under Strike Force Lovelle continue.