Charges have been laid after the seizure of illicit drugs and the location of a clandestine laboratory following a road safety operation on the south coast. Photo: File.

A random vehicle stop on the south coast of NSW reportedly led to the discovery of an underground drug lab in a house in Bega.

Just after 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2021, officers attached to the South Coast Police District stopped a white Toyota sedan on Newton Road, Bega, as part of proactive road safety duties related to Operation Chrome.

The driver was given a roadside breathalyzer test and returned a negative result.

Following further investigation, police searched the 33-year-old and reportedly found a small blade and cocaine.


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They then searched his vehicle and discovered three resealable bags allegedly containing 47g of cannabis in the front passenger seat area, along with drug paraphernalia inside the trunk.

A roadside test is said to have given a positive result for cannabis, cocaine and methylamphetamine (ice). The results will be the subject of further analysis.

The man was arrested and taken to Bega police station.

After further investigations, officers executed a search warrant at a house on Elbe Street, Bega, starting at 11:45 p.m. Saturday evening.

During the search, the police allegedly located a clandestine laboratory inside the premises and seized items compatible with the manufacture of prohibited drugs.

A crime scene was established, before being examined and dismantled by detectives attached to the chemical operations team of the drug and firearms brigade on Sunday, October 31, 2021.

During the examination, police reportedly located other prohibited drugs, including LSD, cannabis, magic mushrooms and a powder believed to be heroin.


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Subsequently, a further search of the premises was carried out by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment on Wednesday 3 November 20210. The search reportedly resulted in the seizure of a number of plants suspected of being linked to the investigation.

All items and substances will be subject to additional forensic examination.

The man is now charged with possession of a tablet press or drug encapsulator, possession or use of a prohibited weapon without a license, cultivation of a prohibited plant, two counts of possession of prohibited drug and prohibited drug supply (criminal quantity).

Bega’s man appeared before the local court in Batemans Bay on Monday, where he was granted strict conditional bail to appear in the same court on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.


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