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Man charged over meth labs in Gladstone refused bail

Gladstone Police uncovered materials suspected of being used in the production of methylamphetamine at a Barreenong St, Glen Eden address on Wednesday morning.
Gladstone Police uncovered materials suspected of being used in the production of methylamphetamine at a Barreenong St, Glen Eden address on Wednesday morning. APN

UPDATE THURSDAY 3PM: The man alleged to have been behind the two clandestine meth labs busted overnight on Tuesday by Gladstone detectives has been refused bail in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.

Trevor Thomas Anderson, 45, appeared facing a total of nine charges, including one count of major possession of a dangerous drug.

Mr Anderson applied for bail but was denied by Magistrate Russell Warfield, who deemed the accused an unacceptable risk of committing further offences.

The accused requested a brief of evidence from police in relation to the major possession charge, while all matters were adjourned to May 12, 2014, where Anderson will appear from custody via video link.

EARLIER: GLADSTONE police have made another strike in their relentless war on drugs in the region, with two suspected clandestine meth labs busted and one man charged with drug offences after a dual raid.

The raids, the first of which was conducted at 8pm on Tuesday in Agnes Water and the second, carried out early Wednesday morning in Glen Eden, uncovered two labs suspected to have been used in the production of methylamphetamine, as well as a number of items used in the production of the lethal drug, also known as ice.

Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey, of Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch, confirmed a 45-year-old man had been remanded in custody and charged with drug-related offences, as a result of the successful execution of two search warrants.

"Last night (Tuesday night) police from Gladstone have attended an address in Anderson Way, Agnes Water, at this location... an amount of amphetamine was discovered along with items which led police to believe a clandestine laboratory had been in production there," Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.

The Anderson Way residence was subsequently declared a crime scene and members from the Brisbane-based Illicit Laboratory Investigation Task Force were called to process the lab.

Following the unearthing of the first lab, a 45-year-old male was taken into custody and charged with drugs possession offences.

A second address connected to the offender held in custody was located in Barreenong St, Glen Eden.

A search warrant carried out at the address early yesterday morning revealed a number of chemicals and pseudoephedrine products which police suspect had been used in the production of methylamphetamine, despite the lab being inactive at the time of the raid.

"It (the lab) wasn't in use at the time, however, we believe that at some stage it had been producing dangerous drugs," Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.

The 45-year-old man will appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.

APN

Topics:  agnes water, drug raids, gladstone police, glen eden




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