Detectives have charged four men, including a Spanish National, and started to dismantle a large-scale clandestine laboratory as part of an investigation into the manufacture and supply of prohibited drugs in the Southern Tablelands.
In April detectives from the Drug and Firearms Squad commenced inquiries, under Strike Force Judy, into the manufacture and supply of cocaine and methylamphetamine.
Following extensive inquiries, strike force investigators arrested four men – aged 19, 25, 35 and 40 – outside a hotel in Yass just before 7.30am yesterday.
Detectives, with the assistance of Australian Federal Police (AFP) and officers from The Hume Police District, executed a search warrant at a rural property in Yass and a crime scene warrant at the hotel.
At the rural property, investigators uncovered a large-scale clandestine laboratory and, with the assistance of the Chemical Operations Unit, started the dismantling process, which is expected to continue today.
So far, strike force investigators have located 30kg of cocaine, chemicals used in the manufacture of drugs, drug paraphernalia, Australian and European cash, and mobile phones.
The seized drugs have an estimated potential street value of $9 million.
All four men were charged with manufacture large commercial quantity of prohibited drug and supply large commercial quantity of prohibited drug.
They were refused bail to appear at Goulburn Local Court today.
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