Police arrested a couple and seized a stolen car after finding a drug lab.
Police arrested a couple and seized a stolen car after finding a drug lab. Karleila Thomsen

Detectives find working meth lab

POLICE, fire and ambulance crews rushed to a Hervey Bay house yesterday after detectives found a working meth lab.

A Maryborough couple has been charged with production and possession of methyl amphetamine.

It is alleged the two used the home of an associate to cook the drug.

Police said it was incredibly rare to find a drug lab that was in use and, as such, the premises had to be evacuated immediately and fire and ambulance crews called to monitor the scene.

The crews stood by but kept well back from the Urraween house as they waited for officers from the Illicit Laboratory Investigation Team to arrive from Brisbane late yesterday.

CIB officers first attended at the Main Street residence about 1.05pm to investigate a separate matter.

While speaking to a 39-year-old man, they allegedly smelled the potent fumes of the drug lab.

“It was a chance discovery of an illegal clandestine laboratory,” Hervey Bay CIB acting Detective Sergeant Glen Dehnert said.

“One male was there and he was arrested at the scene.

“A second offender, a 34-year-old female, attended the scene in a stolen car which was seized by police when she attended.”

It is understood the blue Hyundai Getz was stolen from Bundaberg and the woman has been further charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

She had a young child with her when she was arrested.

Acting Det. Sgt Dehnert said police only found about three working drug labs across the state each year.

“We have to evacuate immediately and call all emergency services to attend an operating drug lab,” he said.

The two were refused bail and will appear in court today.



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