Police find large drug lab
AN illicit drug lab, described by Gympie Police as one of the biggest they have found, was discovered in a quiet suburban street at Jones Hill on the weekend.
Police stumbled on the alleged speed lab about 1pm on Sunday after responding to a disturbance at a McIntosh Creek Road home.
Detective in charge of Gympie CIB Senior Sergeant Gregg Davey said the lab was found in a shed on the property, but its alleged owner had not yet been located by police.
He said investigations were continuing and police wanted to speak to a man, 29, who was living at the address.
It was believed the seizure of chemicals and equipment would significantly impact on the availability of methamphetamines in Gympie.
Detective Senior Sergeant Gregg Davey said the McIntosh Creek Road property was evacuated due to the amount of dangerous chemicals found in the shed.
He said the State Drug Squad was called in to process the elaborate set-up, but could not proceed on Sunday because it was so big.
The crime scene was guarded overnight until yesterday when a larger team was available to pack up the lab with the assistance of Gympie Scenes of Crime officers and a scientific chemist from the John Tong Centre.
“Multiple pieces of equipment (were seized along with a) very large quality of dangerous chemicals,” Snr Sgt Davey said.
“Investigations are continuing and no arrests have been made at this time.”
Police also discovered a quantity of powdered drugs believed to be methyl amphetamines and a fully automatic .22 calibre pistol.