Boy found in Sydney drug laboratory home
More than $3 million worth of ecstasy in pill and powder form has been found at a drug laboratory hidden at a Sydney property that is also home to a two-year-old boy, police say.
A raid at Hinchinbrook in Sydney's west on Tuesday uncovered the drug lab in the garage of a family home, police said.
Officers targeted the premises as part of an ongoing crackdown on the supply of illegal drugs which had already seen 10 people charged with the production and supply of crystal methylamphetamine, better known as ice.
A 27-year-old man arrested during Tuesday's raid is the 11th person to be charged as part of the police operation.
"We will allege that at that premises was located an illegal pill press," Superintendent Luke Moore told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.
"At this stage we will allege we have located up to 40,000 pills we believe to be ecstasy and another 6kg of powder which again we believe to be ecstasy which hasn't been pressed into pill form."
The man arrested during the raid has been charged with the large commercial manufacture of ecstasy, refused bail and is due to face Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday.
The toddler found at the premises is now in the care of his mother but Supt Moore said he was placed in great danger being near the drug manufacturing equipment.
"A clandestine laboratory at any stage is extremely dangerous," Supt Moore said.
"We will also allege that there are some drugs involved in the manufacture of the finished product.
"As always those drugs are potentially harmful, potentially explosive and it's highly dangerous."
Tuesday's search warrant comes after the January 28 raids of properties at Bankstown, Hinchinbrook, Merrylands and West Ryde, where officers allegedly found two drug labs, $3.7 million in ice and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.
Those charged to date include Australian citizens and people from Asia, Supt Moore said.
Investigations will continue following Tuesday's raid.
March 3, 2010 - 3:34PM
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