Firefighters were called to a Cooran home shortly after a raid by police to ensure no dangerous chemicals could be detected in the air.
Firefighters were called to a Cooran home shortly after a raid by police to ensure no dangerous chemicals could be detected in the air. John Mccutcheon

Child found in 'bubbling' drug lab in Cooran

A CHILD has been placed in the care of relatives after police uncovered an active amphetamine lab, drugs and a loaded gun inside a home at Cooran.

Detectives swarmed the property early yesterday morning armed with a search warrant in relation to the supply and production of illegal drugs.

Once inside, they allegedly uncovered a room where an extensive drug laboratory was set up and chemicals were "bubbling" under burners.

A loaded 22 calibre rifle was also allegedly found in the room, along with more than 100 pieces of glassware, used in the alleged manufacturing of amphetamines.

A further search of the house allegedly uncovered more than 1kg of cannabis and unknown powdered drugs.

A 54-year-old woman, a 44-year-old man and a 24-year-old man were arrested at the home and charged with several drugs offences. .

The woman, believed to be the mother of the child found to be living at the residence, was also expected to be charged with child endangerment.

Sunshine Coast Tactical Crime Squad officer-in-charge Troy Pukallus said officers did not expect to find the lab active.

"The lab was operating when police entered the home," Senior Sergeant Pukallus said. "There was a heat source on the glassware containing chemicals, which was bubbling.

"It is not often we find the labs in production like this."

Firefighters were called to the home shortly after the raid to ensure no dangerous chemicals could be detected in the air. Officers from Brisbane's Illicit Laboratory Investigation Team began dismantling the lab about 11am.

Snr Sgt Pukallus said the discovery would have an impact on the production and sale of illegal drugs on the Coast.

"Any lab police uncover and dismantle makes a difference to the drug trade," he said.

"This is just another step forward in our investigations into the illegal drug market on the Sunshine Coast."

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