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Friday, January 22, 2021

Clandestine lab dismantled in Maitland; two charged

Two men have been charged with drug offences after officers dismantled a clandestine lab in the Hunter this week.

Last month, members attached to the Port Stephens-Hunter Police District started an investigation into the alleged manufacture and supply of methylamphetamine in the Maitland area.

Following extensive inquiries, Port Stephens-Hunter Police – assisted by officers from the Northern Region Operational Support Group – executed a crime scene warrant at a home on Hunter Street, Maitland, at 2.30pm on Tuesday 1 December.

Police located a clandestine laboratory at the rear of the property, including equipment and chemicals consistent with the supply and manufacture of prohibited drugs.

Officers from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearm Squad Chemical Operations Unit attended to dismantle the lab and continued to do so on Wednesday 2 December.

Other items seized during the warrant include liquid believed to be a precursor for the manufacture of prohibited drugs, an electronic stun device, two pistols, a rifle scope, and a set of nunchucks.

Two males, aged 47 and 39, were arrested at the home and taken to Maitland Police Station.

Both men were charged with possess precursor intend to use in manufacture/production, supply large commercial quantity prohibited drug and possess unauthorised pistol.

They were refused bail to appear at Maitland Local Court yesterday where they were formally bail refused to reappear at the same court on Thursday 21 January.

Anyone with information about drug supply and manufacture is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to the website.