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Shoalhaven Local Area Command

Detectives Charge Four Men & Warn Against Dangers Of Clandestine Labs – Drug Squad

Drug Squad detectives warn of the dangers associated with clandestine laboratories after four men were arrested yesterday during an anti drug-manufacturing operation and an alleged drug transaction where a child was present.

A 59-year-old man attended a location at Appin yesterday, where he allegedly supplied another 59-year-old man with a quantity of methylamphetamine. Police will allege the supplier/manufacturer also had his three-year-old daughter present during the incident.

Detectives intercepted the exchange and seized a quantity of drugs and cash, before arresting both men. A short time later a 61-year-old man was arrested on the Princes Highway at Nowra.

Later in the day, detectives also executed five search warrants at locations including Wilton Road at Wilton, Hatfield Road at Canley Heights, Sanctuary Point Road at Sanctuary Point, Catherine Street at Myola and a tourist/caravan park at Myola.

A 65-year-old man was arrested by Police at the tourist/caravan park at Myola.

At the Wilton address Police uncovered an active large-scale clandestine laboratory allegedly used in the manufacture of methylamphetamine.

During the operation detectives located and seized a total of $100,000 and 1 kilogram of methylamphetamine as well as a quantity of chemicals and drug manufacturing equipment.

The 59-year-old man was charged with supply commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, and manufacturing a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug. He was refused bail and will appear at Campbelltown Local Court today.

The second 59-year-old man was charged with supply commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and was refused bail to appear at Campbelltown Local Court today.

The 61-year-old man has been charged with supply commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and was refused bail to appear at Nowra Local Court today.

The 65-year-old man was charged with being knowingly concerned with the supply of an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug and was granted conditional bail to appear at Nowra Local Court on 11 January 2010.

These developments follow the previous arrest of a 32-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman at Goulburn on Wednesday 9 December 2009, after they were stopped by police allegedly on their way to South Australia. The pair appeared at Goulburn Local Court yesterday.

Strike Force Orroroo is a joint operation comprising detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug Squad and the Shoalhaven Local Area Command and was established to investigate alleged drug supply offences.

Drug Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham said the NSW Police Force is committed to targeting alleged organised and illegal drug activity.

“Of particular concern to Police is the presence of young children at locations where alleged drug related crime is being conducted.”

“Locations where drugs are being illegally manufactured or supplied are no place for children.”

“Police also continue to warn of the dangers and health risks associated with clandestine laboratories. Drug manufacture involves the use of toxic chemicals which can prove hazardous especially when used in confined areas or where members of the public can be exposed.” Det/Supt Bingham said.

Anyone who is aware of suspicious behaviour or is aware of any drug related activity in their area is urged to contact their local Police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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