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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Precursor chemicals located inside vehicle at Newcastle

Two men were expected to face court today following a vehicle stop in Newcastle yesterday.

About 11.45am on Tuesday 5 January, officers from Newcastle City Police District were patrolling the Wallsend area when they stopped a Subaru Forrester on Cowper Street and spoke with two males – aged 26 and 30.

Both were arrested in relation to traffic offences and outstanding arrest warrants.

Police then conducted a search of the vehicle during which officers located precursors consistent with the alleged manufacture of prohibited drugs, along with drug paraphernalia, methylamphetamine and GBL.

NSW Fire and & Rescue HAZMAT crews were also called to render the scene safe, with officers attached to the State Crime Command Drug and Firearms Squad’s Chemical Operations Team deployed to process the scene.

The alleged driver – a 30-year-old Jesmond man – was charged with drive motor vehicle during disqualification period.

A 26-year-old Raymond Terrace man was charged with four outstanding warrants for numerous property, drug, weapon and breach of bail offences.

Both men were refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday 6 January.

Investigations into the items located during the vehicle search are ongoing.