Liverpool detectives investigating a house fire in Prestons last night unexpectedly located more than 4kg of methylamphetamine (ice) and other chemicals consistent with the manufacturing process of illegal drugs during a search of the premises.
Police and Fire Brigade officers were called to the home in Stansmore Avenue about 1.30pm yesterday after receiving reports of a fire. When they arrived the premises were described by police as being “well alight”.
Once the fire had been extinguished hours later and detectives called to the scene to investigate the cause, they allegedly found bags containing large amounts of the drug ice with an estimated street value of $1 Million. They also allegedly located large quantities of chemicals that can be used to “cut” the drugs in order to reduce the purity.
During the search, two of the detectives received minor injuries after being exposed to these cutting agents that were allegedly kept in a cupboard. They suffered a burning sensation to their eyes and were treated by a doctor. There is no permanent damage and both have been cleared to return to duty.
The 32-year-old man who resides at the house was arrested when he arrived home about 9pm. A search of his luxury car allegedly located further resealable bags of the drug ice and more than $10,000 in cash.
During a further search this morning police allegedly located another $70,000 in cash on the premises. The search by Liverpool police and specialist chemical operations detectives from the Drug Squad is continuing.
The man was taken to Liverpool Police Station where he was later charged with supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drugs, three counts of supply prohibited drug and charges under the proceeds of crime act. The man’s car was also confiscated.
He was refused bail and will appear in Liverpool Local Court this afternoon.