Police investigate property with drugs lab and stolen property

Trio face 159 charges over Struck Oil's 'Aladdin's Cave'

ALMOST a year since police struck gold at a Struck Oil property which housed a bounty of alleged stolen property and an alleged drug lab, three men appeared before Central Queensland courts on a string of 159 charges.

Gilles Roger Pallas, 52, and Dean Alan Dassow, 39, both appeared before Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday following a raid on the Limestone Rd property on November 23, 2014, after police received reports of a deceased male person at the address.

Pallas, who was in custody on an unrelated matter and did not appear in court, and Dassow are charged with 57 and 51 charges respectively, including stealing, unlawful use of motor vehicles, receiving tainted property, producing dangerous drugs and other drug-related charges.

Another man, Jamie Hewitt, 47, will appear next before Mackay Magistrates Court on November 9 charged with a further 51 similar offences.

A drug lab was discovered in this hut at the Struck Oil property.
A drug lab was discovered in this hut at the Struck Oil property.

Labelled "Aladdin's Cave," the 36ha property housed 60 cars, a bobcat, skid steer loader, semi-trailer, motorhome, caravan and building materials.

Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow at the time of the raid said police also uncovered an "amphetamine-based" drug lab hidden away from the main house.

POLICE RAID: Police at the Struck Oil property where an alleged drug lab was discovered along with suspected stolen property which may include more than a dozen cars along with earth digger equipment and a motorhome.
POLICE RAID: Police at the Struck Oil property where an alleged drug lab was discovered along with suspected stolen property which may include more than a dozen cars along with earth digger equipment and a motorhome. Chris Ison Rokcbust

Det Insp Shadlow said while the lab "wasn't massive" and "not a totally sophisticated set-up", all amphetamine-based labs were "extremely dangerous". "Some of the processes used in cooking up these amphetamines are highly volatile and they can explode at any time with the heat sources," Det Insp Shadlow said.

"Not only that, it's the gases that are emitted during the cooking process (which) can also be lethal."

Pallas and Dassow will appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on December 9.



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