Detectives have busted a “large-scale clandestine ice laboratory” in the suburbs of Sydney, arresting five people and seizing two high-calibre weapons.
Officers from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad began investigating a criminal syndicate suspected of manufacturing and supplying ice in February this year.
Almost two months later, following inquiries, detectives from Strike Force Bardoo executed a search warrant at a unit in West Sydney suburb of Strathfield, just after midnight on Friday 5th April.
Upon entering the unit, detectives located what they described as a large-scale clandestine laboratory in the process of manufacturing methylamphetamine.
Inside, they seized about 5kgs worth of the drug.
During the raid, five men aged 23, 26, 28, 39 and 47 attempted to leave the property, but were arrested and taken to Auburn Police Station.
The 23-year-old man was found to allegedly had $66,000 in cash on his person.
About an hour later, approximately 1am, a second search warrant was executed at a unit in Lidcombe, a nearby suburb also of Western Sydney.
There, officers seized a M4 carbine automatic assault rifle, a 9mm pistol, $11,000 in cash and various drug paraphernalia.
Specialist police officers are in the process of dismantling the lab today, and a Fire and Rescue NSW HAZMAT team has been on scene at the Strathfield unit.