Detectives from the Clandestine Laboratory squad have arrested five people and seized a significant quantity of drugs and related paraphernalia following a series of warrants across Melbourne on Wednesday (29 June) morning.
Eight warrants were executed at residential and commercial properties in Wheelers Hill, Ferny Creek, Hillside, Ardeer, Clayton, Sunshine West and two at Tyabb around 5am.
A 25-year-old Tyabb man, a 30-year-old Ardeer man and a 31-year-old Hillside man have all been charged with trafficking large commercial quantities of methylamphetamine and possessing articles to manufacture.
A 41-year-old Wheelers Hill man was charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of methylamphetamine, possessing articles to manufacture and attempting to traffick a large commercial quantity 1,4-Butanediol.
All four have been remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 2 November.
A 66-year-old Ferny Creek woman was also arrested but released pending further enquiries.
Police located an industrial-sized clandestine laboratory at one of the Tyabb properties.
They subsequently seized a large commercial quantity of methylamphetamine oil, a large commercial quantity of methyl alpha-phenyl acetoacetate (MAPA), a large quantity of as yet unidentified liquids, and an industrial-sized decarboxylation reactor.
Police will allege that the industrial-sized decarboxylation reactor has the capability to produce up to 100kg of methylamphetamine per cook.