Casino drug labs uncovered
POLICE are appealing for information from the community after smashing two drug manufacturing operations around Casino yesterday.
Police yesterday announced they had uncovered small scale methamphetamine laboratories at Leeville and Casino during a series of five raids in the area. Officers also found cannabis at two other Casino properties.
At the Leeville property, a 37-year-old man was arrested and later charged with a mix of drug and firearms charges, including manufacturing a prohibited drug, cultivating a prohibited plant, failing to keep a firearm safely, possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing an unauthorised firearm, possessing ammunition without a licence, permit, or authority, and possessing a prohibited weapon without a permit. He was also charged with five counts of possessing a prohibited drug.
The man was refused bail yesterday and is expected to appear at Lismore Local Court today.
At the Casino property, police arrested a 42-year-old man and later charged him with manufacturing a prohibited drug, as well as three counts of possessing a prohibited drug and two counts of possessing goods suspected of being stolen.
He was granted bail yesterday and is due to appear in the Casino Local Court on December 21.
Anyone with information relating to the case can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to provide confidential information.
Police said crime scenes had been established at some of the houses and they were now being examined by specialist officers, including chemical experts. They expected to lay more charges.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Inspector Bernadette Ingram, said police suspected the two meth labs may be linked, but added that question remained the subject of investigation.
The operation, run by officers from the Richmond LAC in conjunction with the Operations Drug Unit, detectives, the Target Action Group, Crime Management Unit, Dog Unit, and General Duties unit, had been in the works for a couple of weeks after information from the community was brought forward.
Inspector Ingram said the police were "very happy" with the results of the operation.