Man arrested over cocaine lab at Lismore

A 61-year-old man has been charged over a clandestine drug laboratory in Lismore Heights which police raided last year and believed to be used for manufacturing cocaine.

The man was arrested yesterday (Wednesday) at a flat in East Lismore and  taken to Lismore police station where he was charged with knowingly taking part in the manufacture of a prohibited drug.

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday 16 May.

On 8 July last year , officers from the Richmond Local Area Command Target Action Group (TAG) executed a search warrant at a home on High Street, Lismore, following investigations into the supply of drugs in the Lismore area,

At the home, police allegedly found a clandestine drug laboratory. A crime scene was established.

On 9 July last year, police from the Chemical Operations Unit helped by Fire and Rescue NSW HAZMAT officers, examined the premises.

A number of items used in the alleged manufacture of drugs, believed to be cocaine, were seized.

Police say all items have undergone forensic examination, confirming the existence of the first known cocaine extraction facility in NSW.


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