Police arrest man after finding alleged drug lab, Tregeagle

A TREGEAGLE man has been arrested and charged after police found a suspected clandestine drug lab at his home yesterday.

A police media spokeswoman said a search warrant was conducted yesterday morning at a property on Tregeagle Rd.

"A suspect clan lab was located and a crime scene was established," the spokeswoman said.

"Chemical operations and evidence recovery personnel attended and conducted examinations and obtained samples.

"A 26-year-old man was arrested and has been charged with minor cannabis cultivation and possession offences."

The spokeswoman said the man had been granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court in January.

Drug squad officers from Sydney went to the property today to collect further samples and items for analysis and investigation.

Police are being supported by the NSW Fire and Rescue Goonellabah brigade and the Goonellabah HAZMAT Unit.

The Goonellabah fire tanker had a hose running across the front lawn of the property to where drug squad officers were examining items.

Neighbour Fred Hoskins said the house, which was owned by his son Brad, was rented out.

He said his neighbours were nice people, who they exchanged gifts with at Christmas time but otherwise they kept to themselves.

"They have been quite good neighbours and they seemed like quite ordinary people," he said.

"The police came yesterday morning and the HAZMAT firefighters were there this morning.

Mr Hoskins said he hadn't noticed any strange smells coming from the home or people coming and going all the time.

"They had the occasional party like people do but there was nothing untoward about the people living there," he said.



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