METHAMPHETAMINE production in Gladstone is rubbish - or so you might think, after a startling discovery by local police.
Gladstone Police Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said a business in Chapple St called police early on Friday morning after workers became suspicious about some items found in nearby industrial bins.
"When police arrived they discovered - in an industrial bin there - what appeared to be a clandestine lab which had been discarded," Snr Sgt Peachey said.
He said a drug squad travelled from Brisbane to investigate the items.
"What they found was consistent to which we believe to be an illicit drug lab that has been used very recently in the production of methamphetamine," Snr Sgt Peachey said.
He said investigations were continuing into who put the lab there and why.
"Our approach towards drugs in Gladstone has been very proactive and we will continue to make that our main focus," he said.
He said Gladstone police had uncovered a number of drug labs over the last six months.
"I believe that's indicative of our approach towards policing drugs in Gladstone," he said.
Snr Sgt Peachey said recent drug-related charges had repeatedly highlighted the use and production of drugs such as ice, speed and ecstasy.
"There's definitely a variety there but we've put it down to more methamphetamine rather than cannabis," he said.
He said the punishment for such offences could be up to a life term of imprisonment.
He urged anyone who had any information about this or other meth production in Gladstone to contact Gladstone police on 49713222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The discovery followed a Gladstone Police raid and seizure of marijuana plants in Calliope last week.