Two arrested after Gladstone raid disturbs drugs cook-up
TWO men have been arrested after police carried out a dramatic raid at a suspected methamphetamine laboratory in West Gladstone on Friday.
Residents were evacuated from homes within 100 metres of the Smith St address, as firefighters worked to contain the toxic laboratory and ensure gas leaks had cleared.
Police involved in the raid believe they interrupted the suspects in the act of cooking drugs.
About 10 police were at the address, along with firefighters, and ambulance officers were on the scene for the 3.30pm raid.
Detective Senior Sergent Luke Peachey said the operation followed an investigation, but wouldn't go into details about the extent of inquiries.
"As a result of a search warrant that was executed here today, police are currently investigating an address here at Smith St, where we believe we have discovered a Category A illicit drug laboratory."
A "Category A" laboratory is one that is currently in operation.
Detective Peachey said the alleged laboratory was in a "back shed".
"Our investigations would reveal that what we believe was production, was actually occurring when we walked into the address," Detective Peachey said.
Police said the two men are assisting police with inquiries.
Residents were left waiting at the end of Smith St for about two hours after the raid, while firefighters conducted atmosphere tests to check for gas.
Gladstone Fire Station acting officer Mark Erridge said illicit drug labs created a dangerous situation, due to flammable and toxic fumes.
The Illicit Laboratory Investigation Team from Brisbane, which is attached to the State Crime Operations Command, was on Friday travelling to Gladstone to assess the discovery.
On Saturday, police reported a 42-year-old West Gladstone man and a 55-year-old New Auckland man had been charged with one count each of producing dangerous drugs.
They are expected to appear in the Gladstone Magistrates Court on April 9.