Be alert for drug labs in region

POLICE are asking Tweed residents to remain vigilant after seven drug labs were found in the Tweed/Byron region in 2010.

A spokeswoman from the New South Wales State Crime Command said two labs had already been found in the region this year.

“Dangers associated with labs include exposure to toxic chemicals and solvents used to do pseudoephedrine extraction,” the spokeswoman said.

“The manufacture process is very volatile and in a non-clinical environment.

“Rarely do the drug cooks use personal protection equipment and a number of labs have blown up over the past 12 months, resulting in death and severe injury to cooks as well as extensive property damage.”

The spokeswoman said the trouble with many of these labs in residential areas was the possibility innocent people may be harmed or have their property damaged.

“Tweed residents can assist police by being vigilant,” she said.

“Signs include unusual fortifications, blackened windows, strange chemical smells, drums of chemicals being delivered, unusual comings and goings at all hours, unusual noises such as a the banging of a pill press.”

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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