Police guard the area where a possible abandoned drug lab was found yesterday.
Police guard the area where a possible abandoned drug lab was found yesterday. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Drug lab found near school

POLICE set up an exclusion zone near a Rockhampton school yesterday after what was suspected to be an abandoned drug-making laboratory was found nearby.

Possible dangerous chemicals were found inside a storage shed about 100m from Crescent Lagoon School, at 1pm.

The exclusion zone blocked off part of North Street Extended until about 4pm and police directed traffic around the area.

District Duty Officer Senior Sergeant Neil Smith said the shed’s owner had found the chemicals when he went to clean up after a tenant had left.

He notified police of the potential danger immediately, and they are now looking for the former tenant.

The exclusion zone was made smaller at 4pm, and then did not affect traffic.Scientific police from Brisbane were due to arrive in Rockhampton late last night to investigate the suspected drug lab.

Details of the chemicals and its purpose won’t be known until then.

Senior Sergeant Smith said there was never any danger to the school or nearby houses.



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