Coast link to Australia's largest pill production
A MAJOR drug operation at Coffs Harbour has led to the discovery of the biggest pill production haul in Australian history.
Raids of a Sydney property - linked to a series of arrests on the Mid North Coast last week, uncovered a record amount of PMMA oil, which if used, could have created about 480,000 ecstasy like pills with a street value of $18million.
Police will allege two labs were discovered behind a newly constructed wall inside the property's garage.
Another lab was discovered at the property last week.
The owner was arrested as part of Coffs Harbour police operation Strike Force Merry, which was set up last year to investigate the supply of drugs to the local community.
Two Coffs Harbour men, John Charles Dodd and Stephen Christopher Geerin and Miguel Corbacho of Tucabia, are currently before the courts charged with supplying drugs.
The second round of raids was carried out by detectives from Operation Polaris - a national multi-agency operation targeting organised criminal activity at NSW sea cargo terminals.
Operation Polaris Commander, Detective Superintendent Nick Bingham said some drug manufacturers cooked and pressed PMMA into tablet form before selling it to unsuspecting users as ecstasy.
He said while the drug elicited the same effect, it took longer to do so which could result in the "very real risk" of overdose.
"We've seen cases where people take one tablet and because they don't get a hit as quickly as they normally would, they assume it is weak ecstasy and ingest a second tablet," Det Supt Bingham said
"Eventually, they start to feel the effects of a double dose of PMMA and find themselves in all sorts of trouble."
Chemical experts remain at the scene at Sans Souci and investigations are continuing.