Drugs and guns uncovered as police raid Marcoola home
NEIGHBOURS in a quiet Marcoola street watched in disbelief as police swooped on a shed in a $100,000 drug bust.
Police from the Sunshine Coast Tactical Crime Squad charged a 37-year-old man with a string of drug offences yesterday after they searched his First Ave home.
Inside a double-bay shed in the front yard, police allegedly uncovered an active drug lab that produced 10 to 12kg of amphetamines.
Sergeant Matt Taylor said 20 litres of reaction waste was discovered which indicated a major haul.
Reaction waste is the left over contents when ephedrine is extracted.
Police allegedly found a small amount of cannabis and drug utensils, fireworks and ammunition.
They also found a semi-automatic loaded handgun and five rifles during the search.
Sgt Taylor said the man charged had been on bail for the past 12 months for a similar offence.
In May last year, he was charged with drug trafficking and possession of a large quantity of amphetamine and cannabis.
"We found one active lab in the shed and there was one boxed lab in the back of the shed and one boxed lab in the boot of a vehicle," Sgt Taylor said.
"There were also a large quantity of chemicals and assorted glassware.
"The glassware is worth in the vicinity of $5000.
"This man has been on bail for the past 12 months and he has breached his bail 11 times."
The man will appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court today charged with six drug related offences, unlawful possession of a firearm and breach of bail.
He also will front a magistrate for a disorderly conduct offence after a Maroochydore Surf Club incident on Boxing Day last year.
Sgt Taylor said the shut-down of the amphetamine lab should have a positive impact on drug-related crimes on the Coast.
"We hope to see a reduction in the flow-on crimes in property and firearm-related offences," he said.