BOOTY: Utensils for use in the manufacture of drugs which were found in the raid on the shed and (right) some of the dozens of fishing rods and reels also found in the raid.
BOOTY: Utensils for use in the manufacture of drugs which were found in the raid on the shed and (right) some of the dozens of fishing rods and reels also found in the raid.

Suspected meth lab in shed

AN ACCUSED thief, who allegedly had the makings of a meth lab in a shed, has been arrested in Gympie.

Hervey Bay police followed the trail of the accused junkie and career thief and found a shed full of stolen fishing rods and methamphetamine lab equipment.

Detectives first came across a haul of stolen phones and laptops and veterinary drugs during a search of a Driftwood Crt home last weekend. Further investigations uncovered more than 20 stolen fishing rods and the makings of a meth lab in a backyard shed.

The accused man, Zac Gaddes, was arrested at Gympie on Monday morning and faced the court on Thursday.

It will be alleged Gaddes committed numerous break-ins while he was on bail for firearm offences.

The rods and chemical stained glassware were taken to the Hervey Bay police station where detectives are attempting to match the rods to break and enter reports.

Hervey Bay Detective Sergeant Mick Polit said it was expected that much of the property may not have been reported stolen and urged anyone missing a rod to come forward and identify what could be their gear.

He said police believed all the rods had been stolen and it was important to both reunite them with their owners and ensure Gaddes was charged appropriately.

Gaddes was refused bail and will face Hervey Bay Magistrates Court next month.

Gympie Times


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