July 31 2014

– THREE people have been arrested after police found a clandestine drug lab while making a routine visit to a house in Melbourne’s southeast last night.

The local officers stumbled across the laboratory as well as drug manufacturing equipment and a loaded shotgun when they attended the Doveton home, on Doveton Ave, for an unrelated matter about 7pm.

A 48-year-old Rye man, 21-year-old man and 38-year-old woman were arrested at the scene.

The men remain in custody and are being questioned by police.

The woman has been released pending further inquiries.

A crime scene guard was in place at the house overnight, with detectives from the Clandestine Laboratory Squad to attend the scene today.

Casey crime investigation unit detective Senior Constable Paul Holland said the lab had been recently used to make drugs.

“It’s a medium sized clandestine laboratory that has been found at the address. Indications are that recently there has been … a cook that was conducted at that house with amphetamine,” he said.

“It’s too early to tell (how much it’s worth) because it’s still being dismantled.

“The clandestine laboratory squad experts have come out in conjunction with the forensic science centre to make it safe because it’s recently been active, so there is high levels of toxic gas detected inside the house.

“Once it’s safe, it will be dismantled, then any drugs or firearms removed.”

He said police also found a shotgun, believed to have been stolen in a burglary in Sale, during the raid.

Constable Holland hailed the discovery a success for police.

“Residents should look out of suspicious people coming and going around their house,” he said.

“When they are cooking with methamphetamine there is often a strong acidic smell, which is similar to cat urine, that could emanate from the house and that is a pretty good sign that something unusual is going on.”

*Anyone with information that may help their investigation is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

– Samantha Landy & Brittany Shanahan


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