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“ICE” drugs, police in action

Detective Inspector Cook from the NSW Police Force has seen hundreds of clandestine laboratories (‘…

Detective Inspector Cook from the NSW Police Force has seen hundreds of clandestine laboratories (‘clan labs’) in his time. As the Commander of the Drug Squad’s Chemical Operations Team, Cook’s officers have shut down more than 250 clan labs across NSW since the beginning of 2013. This year alone, they have located and closed 41.

With more than 30 years of policing experience, Cook is not easily shocked, but he is regularly dismayed by the mindless idiocy of drug manufacturers.

Cook said of all the clan labs he has seen, those operating in homes where innocent children lived were the most disturbing.

“On average, we shut down two labs a week,” Cook said.

“We see labs of all sizes, set up in all sorts of settings, but those erected in homes where kids are living are particularly concerning.”

Back in November 2011, police received information that a group of outlaw motorcycle gang members had their hands on a large quantity of chemicals and were using them to cook ‘Ice’ and other amphetamine-type substances.

Police immediately followed up the information and detectives’ inquiries led them to a home in Sydney’s north-west, which was being rented by a family with young children.

The Drug Squad formed Strike Force Domville to investigate the matter and undertook surveillance of the home. During this surveillance, officers saw members of the family, including the children, regularly coming and going from a combined garage and granny flat which sat on the property.

Concerned about what was taking place inside the granny flat, detectives executed a search warrant at the property in December 2011.

Inside the granny flat, officers discovered an active clandestine laboratory, filled with large quantities of poisonous chemicals, contaminated waste and filthy chemistry equipment. Much of this equipment was located on the floor or in cupboards easily accessible to the young children.

Just outside the door to the granny flat, kids’ toys were found scattered along the balcony floor. A few short steps away, young children were found playing inside the house, mere metres from the highly combustible, toxic drug lab.

Forensic experts from the Drug Squad’s Chemical Operations Team estimated that multiple kilograms of Ice had been manufactured in the laboratory over an extended period of time.

Drug Squad detectives subsequently arrested and charged the children’s father with manufacturing a large commercial quantity of prohibited drugs in the presence of children. In May 2014, following a lengthy court case, a magistrate sentenced him to 14 years imprisonment. A second man, who had been involved in the manufacture of prohibited drugs at the site, was sentenced to 8 years in jail.

The owners of the property were shocked by the news their tenants – a seemingly regular suburban family – had converted a section of the home into a clan lab. The owners enlisted environmental hygienists to prepare a report setting out the degree of contamination to the property.

The report, costing in excess of $20,000 to prepare, recommended that the garage and granny flat be demolished and the ground soil in the immediate area be removed and replaced. The hygienists uncovered clear evidence that waste material from the drug manufacture process had been deposited over the granny flat balcony in large quantities, causing significant contamination to the property and the nearby environment.

Detective Inspector Cook said the case served as but one of many examples of the incredible disregard drug cooks showed for the wider community, their neighbours and even their families.

“Those who reap profit from the misery of others are driven almost exclusively by greed and self-interest,” Detective Inspector Cook said.

“They have no regard for those around them and will do whatever they can to extend the profit margins of their black-market enterprises.

“That’s why it is critical community members help us track these criminals down.

“If you have any suspicions whatsoever, about a property or people within your town or suburb, please do the right thing and contact Crime Stoppers.”

ICE drug labs, what to look for

Could you spot a drug lab? NSW Drug Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Tony Cooke, has…

Could you spot a drug lab?

NSW Drug Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Tony Cooke, has seen hundreds of clandestine drug laboratories producing Ice during his time in the NSW Police Force, and comes across all types of operations.

“Some are located in rural properties, others in family homes in residential neighbourhoods, we’ve had labs in high rise apartments and even set up in tents in the bush,” Det Supt Cooke said.

“I’ve seen laboratories where large commercial operations have been set up in factory units, right down to small addiction-based labs in the bathroom of a family home.

“There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to those people manufacturing Ice, but there are the telltale signs of a drug house that you can look out for.”

Strange odours

The drug manufacturing process involves mixing, breaking down or changing the structure of precursor substances using other chemicals and heat sources, and this creates unusual odours. In particular, Drug Squad detectives often notice a strong acetone smell when attending Ice labs.

Chemical containers and waste

Clandestine drug laboratories create a lot of toxic waste, and it’s often stored onsite in buckets or dumped nearby. That’s not to mention the chemical storage containers often found discarded in or around lab sites.

Blacked out windows

Drug manufacturers will often cover or black out the windows, either with window coverings or foil, to hide their illicit activity from the neighbours.

Hoses and pipes in strange places

Many drug manufacturers will use household items to make their drugs, including hoses, pipes and containers bought from hardware stores. An excess of these types of items around a property could be a sign of illicit activity taking place.

Vehicles arriving at odd hours

Criminals don’t just work during business hours. The drug manufacturing process requires regular checking, so it’s not uncommon for those involved in the manufacture of Ice to come and go. Unusual vehicle movements could also be a sign of drug supply occurring at a property.

Det Supt Cooke said any person who suspects a property is being used to manufacture Ice should report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“Your call can make a difference,” he said.

Understanding “ICE” drug labs

Each clandestine drug laboratory is a ticking time bomb: a volatile mix of chemicals, vapours and…

Each clandestine drug laboratory is a ticking time bomb: a volatile mix of chemicals, vapours and toxic waste combined with dangerous manufacturing practices often conducted by unskilled amateurs; and this could be happening in a property near you.

Commander of the NSW Police Force’s Drug Squad, Detective Superintendent Tony Cooke, said Ice labs could and sometimes did blow up, causing serious injury and, in some cases death, but that wasn’t the only risk.

“Each year we locate and dismantle up to 100 clandestine drug laboratories, and these places are so contaminated that we often can’t go in without full-body protective equipment and breathing apparatus,” Det Supt Cooke said.

“As well as the risk of fire and explosion, each Ice laboratory creates a huge amount of toxic waste which is often stored onsite or disposed of nearby.

“The drug manufacturing process also creates fumes which leech into floor coverings, leave scum on walls and ceilings and pollute the soil.”

Properties where clandestine drug laboratories have been located often need professional remediation to make them safe for habitation, costing tens of thousands of dollars. Some homes have been so badly contaminated that the only solution is for the property to be demolished.

About campaigns

In the interests of community safety, Crime Stoppers often undertakes education campaigns in…

In the interests of community safety, Crime Stoppers often undertakes education campaigns in various categories.

There are instances where we “partner” with other NGOs or government departments in order to provide a greater impact.

We also undertake initiatives with private enterprise. If you would like to explore the possibility of this, please contact us on +61 (0) 487 333 000.

Rural Fire Service

In the hot summer months in NSW, we all know how severe bush fires can be. Sometimes these fires…

In the hot summer months in NSW, we all know how severe bush fires can be. Sometimes these fires are not naturally occurring but are are deliberately lit.

If you have information about who might be lighting these fires we would like to know.

Please report it to Crime Stoppers  – simply click “Report online” on the top right of this page.

Crime Stoppers is pleased to be associated with the RFSA.

Rural Fire Service: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

 

Graffiti Smart

“Be Graffiti Smart” In response to the seriousness of graffiti vandalism, NSW Crime Stoppers…

“Be Graffiti Smart”

In response to the seriousness of graffiti vandalism, NSW Crime Stoppers developed and recently launched an awareness campaign called ‘Be Graffiti Smart’ where home owners are encouraged to learn about graffiti vandalism, ways to maintain their property and how to report graffiti vandalism to police. NSW Crime Stoppers has listed a number of prevention measures for home owners to implementin order to keep their properties free from graffiti vandalism. These include ways home owners can be more “graffiti smart”, maintaining their properties and reporting graffiti to police to mention a few.

CEO of NSW Crime Stoppers, Mr Peter Price said,” This unique awareness campaign encourages and empowers home owners to be “graffiti smart”, to identify graffiti offenders and to report graffiti vandalism to local police”.

NSW Crime Stoppers hopes to encourage the community to become involved in the eradication of graffiti vandalism by contacting the police, on 131444 (Police Assistance Line) if you are a victim of graffiti. This will help facilitate prompt graffiti removal and therefore prevent further graffiti in your area. If you have information relating to graffiti vandalism, know of persons responsible for graffiti in your area, or require additional information, please contact NSW Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

TV Commercial and to find out more about Graffiti Crime click here.

Read all about graffiti nsw.frankhardcase.com.au.

Open the file attachment to view graffiti TIPS for home owners.

Fraud and ID Theft

Identity theft videos, click below, to learn more: www.staysmartonline.gov.au/news/…

Cycling

Crime Stoppers branded cycle gear: for your improved visibility Probably one of the “most…

Crime Stoppers branded cycle gear: for your improved visibility

Probably one of the “most impactful” cycling tops.  The blue and white checks are specifically there to promote cycling safety.  Comes with reflective piping and the famous tartan checks, other road users will think twice before crowding you out in this top.  Light weight, moisture wicking fabric to keep you fresh and comfortable. Full length zip for ventilation. Unisex cut for an easy fit.  3 elasticised backpockets for stowing essentials and keeping them safe.

Each order comes with a brochure on cycling “code of conduct”.

Sizes available: M, Large. X-Large and XX-Large.

High visibility back pack covers. Stay safe with these great, hi-vis Crime Stoppers backpack/pannier covers.  Suitable for either a backpack or panniers these hi-vis covers feature reflective arrows which will ensure you’re as visible as possible.

The covers can be fitted and removed quickly making them ideal for commuting and short trips.

Before you order please email us and check we have your size and quantity available.

Prices – all inclusive GST

Jersey – $75.00 : Bibshorts – $85.00. Postage and Handling – $10.00 per order (Express Post)

Backpacks – $10.00. Postage and Handling – $3.00

Crime Stoppers asks that if you decide to buy and wear this, then you should ensure that you adhere to normal road rules…www.bicycleinfo.nsw.gov.au/get_riding/nsw_road_rules.html