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VIDEO: Residents relieved after Rockhampton drug raid

HARD FIND: Police investigate a drug lab found at a Clifton Street residence on Monday following a tip to Crime Stoppers
HARD FIND: Police investigate a drug lab found at a Clifton Street residence on Monday following a tip to Crime Stoppers Chris Ison Rokcdrug

WHEN two Clifton St residents returned home on Monday night, they were greeted by a street full of police cars.

A neighbouring address was raided by police at around midday that day, where an "inactive" clandestine drug lab, drugs and chemicals were found.

The Berserker pair, who wish to remain anonymous for their own safety, said they had been suspicious about activities within the house but were still shocked to discover the extent of the lab.

"We weren't at home (when the raid happened) but when we got home we saw all of these cop cars in our street … we sort of knew what was going on," they said.

"We have our grandkids living with us and it is very scary ... we are glad the police got involved.

"(Monday) night the street was so quiet. You could hear a pin drop on the bitumen and usually it is so busy here."

The pair said their suspicions and concerns around the neighbouring house were heightened after a shipping container, which was still visible yesterday, was introduced into the property's backyard.

Officer in Charge of Rockhampton CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon yesterday addressed the media over the raid and said information from Crime Stoppers led them to the Berserker address.

He said police will allege the lab was utilised to make methamphetamine.

"Two people have been charged at this stage with drug offences and we envisage there is likely to be more charges to be confirmed at a future date," he said.

"Along with drugs and drug implements we discovered what appears to be an inactive clandestine drug laboratory which comprised of apparatus and chemicals (and cash)."

Det Snr Sgt Moon said forensic officers were at the property yesterday in addition to specialists who were ensuring the site remained safe.

"Obviously any clandestine laboratories are volatile and chemicals pose a risk not only to the people that reside there but to the community," he said.

"Chemicals that go into these types of make-up for amphetamine are disgusting, how people can take the drugs from that amazes us every day."

Det Snr Sgt Moon said the location of clandestine laboratories in the Central region had decreased, but there would always be those who would be willing to "run the risk" and manufacture drugs at home.

"I don't think one would say it was a massive find, however it was a find just the same," he said.

"Getting any drugs off the street and not falling into the hands of those that are addicted is a good find."

It is believed one of the men charged appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning and was refused bail.

Drug offences

How many drug offences does Rockhampton see every year in comparison to the total crime numbers?

 

2010:

274 drug offences, 4383 total offences

 

2011:

362 drug offences, 4802 total offences

 

2012:

705 drug offences, 5271 total offences

 

2013:

535 drug offences, 4877 total offences

 

2014:

486 drug offences, 4422 total offences

 

2015:

659 drug offences, 4285 total offences

(Source: mypolice.qld.gov.au)

Topics:  clifton street, raid, rockhampton




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