Police destroy sophisticated drug lab in Mackay
MACKAY detectives spent more than six hours disassembling and processing a sophisticated meth lab uncovered at a Rural View home.
Police attended the McHugh St duplex about 7pm on Sunday night in relation to another matter.
While there, they observed glassware commonly used in clandestine drug labs.
Officers performed a search and uncovered chemicals used in the production of methamphetamines, a police spokesman said.
Specialists from the Illicit Laboratory Investigation Team, which is part of the State Drug Squad, arrived yesterday to assist detectives in processing the items and making sure the area was safe.
Mackay Inspector Andy Graham put the discovery down to "good investigative work" and "good observation skills shown by police".
The drug lab wasn't operational at the time.
Insp Graham said it wasn't uncommon for these "box labs" to turn up throughout the district.
He said they could "pop up" anywhere.
Police had located box labs at homes, rental premises and in motel units, he said.
Insp Graham said investigating a drug lab was "time consuming" work because of the level of care officers needed to take when handling the exhibits.
Officers began disassembling all the pieces about 11.30am yesterday.
They were still on the job in the early evening.
Insp Graham urged anyone who noticed any odd chemical smells to err on the side of caution.
They should contact police immediately.
The chemicals used in the production of methamphetamines could be very dangerous, he said.
No charges have been laid in relation to the drug lab.
Insp Graham said investigations regarding the scientific examination of the drug lab were continuing.