Police uncover alleged drug lab in Port Stephens with
link to Bandidos
POLICE believe they have made significant inroads into
the supply of the deadly drug methamphetamine on Port Stephens streets
after uncovering an alleged clandestine drug lab in a suburban Nelson
Specialist chemical operations unit police and
hazardous materials fire crews spent almost two days at the Montevideo
Parade house after Port Stephens detectives found the lab in the garage
of the house about noon on Friday.
Police allegedly seized eight ‘‘eight balls’’ of
methamphetamine, also known as ice, with an estimated street value of
They also seized 900ml of what has been described as
‘‘meth oil’’, which is believed to be able to make up to a kilogram of
ice with a street value of between $70,000 and $110,000.
Detectives will allege the house had direct links with
the Bandidos bikie gang and are keen to speak to the male occupant, a
member of the gang.
A Ducati motorcycle with Bandidos badges was also
seized from the house.
Police believe the man was living in the house with a
woman who was spoken to and released without charge, and a
Cooking utensils and other drug paraphernalia,
including cookbooks, were also seized.
‘‘This discovery should come as a warning to others,’’
Port Stephens local area commander Superintendent Craig Rae said.
‘‘This will have a direct impact on drug distribution
across the Tomaree Peninsula’’.
Officers were forced to wear breathing apparatus and
protective clothing during the search to guard against the chemicals
that were found.
The search comes almost two months after police found
what they believe was a drug lab at Bobs Farm that is allegedly linked
to the Gladiators bikie gang.
A number of people are before the courts in relation
to that operation.