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Father and son charged after raid on major MDMA lab in Australia
« on: September 09, 2023, 10:16:06 AM »
Father and son charged after raid on major MDMA lab
John Crouch | AAP
Thu, 24 August 2023 4:22 PM

A father and son allegedly linked a national crime syndicate have been charged after police discovered a large MDMA lab on Queensland's Gold Coast.

Police said the lab was the largest-scale MDMA lab of its kind found in Queensland and they uncovered plans to make it even bigger.

Police allegedly found 10 kilograms of MDMA and 20 litres of MDMA oil when they searched a Currumbin Valley property on Wednesday.

They also found a shipping container that contained chemical drums, manufacturing equipment and 20 kilograms of relevant chemical substances.

Cash was also found, along with two one-kilogram bags of MDMA allegedly hidden in an oven.

Police also allegedly found plans for scale up production at the lab and connecting it to a drug trafficking network.

A 43-year-old man and his 24-year-old son were arrested at the scene.

Police also searched their NSW homes in Bombo and Surry Hills and allegedly discovered $81,500 in cash, a money counter and 255 grams of MDMA along with drug manufacturing chemicals.

The men were to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with a number of offences including drug trafficking and manufacturing.

"This is the first significant commercial scale MDMA lab we've located in Queensland," Detective Inspector Bradley Phelps told reporters.

"There was certainly evidence located and will be alleged to indicate that this was an ongoing drug trafficking syndicate.

"They were looking to ramp up their production levels to even more significant amounts than what we located at the property yesterday."

The raid was part of an ongoing operation targeting the drugs manufacturing in Queensland.