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Two people charged over suspected drug lab

AN alleged Gladstone drug lab has been closed down.

Police executed a search warrant on a Tuna St, Toolooa address on Thursday where they uncovered an alleged clandestine drug manufacturing laboratory in a bedroom.

Gladstone CIB Detective Senior Constable Matt Columbus said police had declared a crime scene and were awaiting the arrival of the Illicit Laboratory Investigation Team, a specialised unit from Brisbane, that would process the scene.

"We highly suspect that the laboratory was involved in the production of methylamphetamines," he said.

Two people were taken into custody following the raid.

They have since been charged.

A 37-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were both charged with three counts each of producing dangerous drugs, possessing relevant substances or things and possessing drug utensils.

They are due to appear in the Gladstone Magistrates Court on August 19.

Constable Columbus said the chemicals used to produce drugs could be extremely volatile and had the potential to explode, and that the alleged laboratory had been a danger to the community.

He said the Brisbane team had been called in because the highly trained squad was able to deal with the volatile crime scene.

Constable Columbus said the raid would hurt local drug suppliers.

"Hopefully it will stop ... persons from supplying and producing drugs," he said.

The raid came on the heels of the discovery of an alleged clandestine laboratory at an Airlie Beach unit on Monday.

A 43-year-old man there was charged with two counts of possessing dangerous drugs and three counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Earlier this year a Clinton man was allegedly found with methylamphetamines after police located drugs and drug paraphernalia during a search of a car in Dawson Rd.

Topics:  crime, drugs, gladstone police, methamphetamine




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