A CALL about the death of a man on a Struck Oil property has led police to an "Aladdin's cave" of stolen property and a clandestine drug lab.

More than 60 vehicles were uncovered on the 36ha Limestone Rd property including dozens of cars, a bobcat, caravan, motorhome and a skid steer loader.

Among the vehicles was a semi-trailer which police said may be linked to a theft from Busby's Transport at Rockhampton in April.

Red dot shows location of property where drug laboratory and stolen cars were found.
Red dot shows location of property where drug laboratory and stolen cars were found.

Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow said police were called to the scene at 8.30am on Sunday by Queensland Ambulance Service after the death of a man living on the property.

As police began to go through the stockpile of stolen property, Det Insp Shadlow said they also uncovered an "amphetamine-based" drug lab hidden away from the main house.

Yesterday, specialised teams from Brisbane were examining and dismantling the lab.

Det Insp Shadlow said while the lab "wasn't massive" and "not a totally sophisticated set up", all amphetamine-based labs were "extremely dangerous".

"Some of the processes used in cooking up these amphetamines are highly volatile and they can explode at any time with the heat sources," Det Insp Shadlow said.

"Not only that, it's the gases that are admitted during the cooking process (which) can also be lethal. They are volatile things to examine and that's why we bring in those specialised police from Brisbane."

Det Insp Shadlow said the death was "definitely not suspicious".

While he could not reveal the name of the man or any prior history, Det Insp Shadlow said the man was known to police.

Det Insp Shadlow said police would continue to examine the drug lab and identify the stolen property and its origins.

He said once police had established where the property came from, they would identify any suspects into the thefts.

"We have to conduct further investigations into identifying if all those vehicles are stolen, or just a number of them," Det Insp Shadlow said.

Det Insp Shadlow said police could not speculate on who was responsible, but were continuing their investigation.

 

 

What was found

Dozens of cars

Bob cat

Skid steer loader

Semi-trailer

Motorhome

Caravan

Building materials



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