This Strow St property is under police guard after a suspected drug lab was found.
This Strow St property is under police guard after a suspected drug lab was found. Nikita Watts

CIB finds suspected drug lab

A MAN was washing his boat with his young son yesterday, unaware that the house across the road could well have been running a “reasonable size” drug laboratory.

Police searched this Strow St home in Yeppoon yesterday morning and discovered what they believed to be equipment used to make amphetamines in a garage at the side.

A Yeppoon man, 43, was arrested and charged with a number of drug-related offences.

The home was cordoned off and under police guard yesterday as officers from the Brisbane Illicit Laboratory Investigation Team travelled to town to examine and dismantle the suspect equipment.

Yeppoon CIB’s Detective Sergeant Craig Strohfeldt said yesterday the team would take chemical samples and equipment back to Brisbane for further testing.

The man will face the Yeppoon Magistrates Court on May 6 for charges including producing and possessing dangerous drugs and possessing property suspected of being used in the commission of a crime.

The bust is the second in Yeppoon and third for the region in under a week as police crack down on drugs, firearms and property theft in the region in the ongoing Operation Calwell.

Last Tuesday, Yeppoon CIB raided a suspected mini-drug laboratory operating out of a Yeppoon unit.

A 27-year-old Lammermoor man was arrested and charged with drug-related offences and also possession of suspected stolen property, and will face the Yeppoon Magistrates Court on May 6.



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