North Casino drug lab busted

POLICE executing a search warrant on a North Casino home have uncovered a clandestine methamphetamine lab.

Police launched a search of the home about 7.30am after being tipped off about a clandestine drug laboratory.

A search of the home uncovered instructions on how to manufacture methamphetamine as well as an amount of cannabis and an assortment of chemicals by the gas cook top in the kitchen area.

Once the chemicals were discovered police suspended the search warrant and contacted the NSW Police Chemical Operations Unit.

Police maintained a guard on the home until the arrival of chemical operations specialists.

A man and woman returned to the home about 9.30am on Tuesday, where they were arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station.

They were interviewed and charged with possessing a prohibited drug and possessing instructions for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

They were granted bail was granted and both are due to appear at Lismore Local Court May 28.

Police returned to the house at 8.30am on Wednesday to continue the search.

Police from Richmond TAG were joined by officers from the Chemical Operations Unit, detectives taking fingerprints and a local hazmat unit.

A police chemist found the home appeared to have, at first glance, all the ingredients needed to make methamphetamine.

Officers from the Chemical Operations Unit sampled chemicals and secured them for further analysis.

Sealed hazmat drums containing chemicals and items suspected of being used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were also secured at Lismore.

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