A TIP-OFF from the public has paid off for Gympie detectives after they uncovered an illicit drug laboratory at an Ellis Road address near Curra on Sunday night.
Upon executing a search warrant at the address, police found a clandestine laboratory that was in the process of being disassembled.
Gympie detectives have charged five people after officers allegedly located items associated with the production of methyl amphetamines and six cannabis plants, at about 10.55pm.
Officer-in-Charge of Gympie CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Gregg Davey said one of the offenders fled from the property on foot when police arrived.
He said the Sunshine Coast dog squad was called in to locate the man who was found hiding in a gully under branches and leaves about 600m from the residence.
More than 150 exhibits were collected by the Brisbane illicit laboratory team and taken in for DNA and chemical testing.
“It’s a really good result,” Snr Sgt Davey said.
“It’s an ongoing effort for Gympie district police to target drug offenders, in particular those involved with the supply and production of dangerous drugs.”
Four men aged 18, 33, 49 and 55, and a 17-year-old woman have been charged with various offences including producing dangerous drugs and possessing dangerous drugs.
The 33-year-old man appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday and was denied bail.
The 18-year-old man and the 17-year-old woman are due to appear in the Gympie Magistrates Court on March 15. The other people are due to appear in court at a later date.
Snr Sgt Davey asked for anyone with information to ring the Gympie CIB on 5480 1044 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000. He said the community had played an important role.