Two charged over 'drug lab'
A POLICE raid on a North Casino home has uncovered an alleged clandestine methamphetamine lab and chemicals used in the production of amphetamines.
Police launched a search of the Knoetzechs Rd home at 7.30am on Tuesday 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 cooktop in the kitchen.
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 34-year-old man and a 30-year-old 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 and are both due to appear at Lismore Local Court May 28.
Officers returned to the house at 8.30am on Wednesday to continue the search.
Police from Richmond Tactical Action Group were joined by officers from the Chemical Operations Unit, detectives taking fingerprints and a local hazmat unit.
A police chemist said the home appeared at first glance to have 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.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore said the raid would have a significant impact on the Northern Rivers drug trade.
He said investigations were ongoing and police expected more charges to be laid.
"This seizure is a result of an extended police investigation," he said.
"A quantity of glassware, cooking utensils and chemicals have been seized."
Det Insp Moore said the chemicals will be taken to Sydney to be analysed by the Chemical Operations Unit.