Drug lab alarming discovery

POLICE are investigating the existence of a potential drug laboratory in the Ipswich region after the remains of a drug lab were found on a Swanbank road on Monday.

A male motorist made a shock discovery when he located four bags containing the remnants of a clandestine laboratory on the side of East Owen Road around 1.35pm on Monday afternoon.

Police said upon closer inspection the bags were found to contain chemicals, cooking equipment, utensils and glassware which police believe had been used in the production of methyl amphetamines.

Ipswich CIB has seized all the equipment and is now scrutinising the evidence for potential suspects.

This latest discovery adds to the spate of drug lab paraphernalia uncovered by Ipswich police this year.

There has been more than 100 drugs raids and several successful drug operations on both cannabis and amphetamine dealers in the Ipswich region this year.

Last month police seized an old bus allegedly fitted out as a clandestine methylamphetamine lab.

Police said the bus contained glassware, two burners and pre-cursor chemicals.

Police are urging anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the Swanbank area on Monday to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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