Child rescued from Wagga drug lab: cash, guns, drugs seized

Child rescued from Wagga drug lab: cash, guns, drugs seized

Child rescued from drug lab: cash, guns, drugs seized TweetFacebook Images of weapons, drugs and paraphernalia from the raidsPOLICE claim to have rescued a five-year-old girl from a clandestine drug lab allegedly hidden at North Wagga’s Eldorado property during a string of raids this week.
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Cash, ice, cannabis, guns and drug paraphernalia were seized by the State Crime Command (SCC) from Condon Avenue and Oura Road properties during back-to-back search warrants on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Three men, aged 30, 34, and 44, have been taken into custody and charged with a raft of offences.

Detective Inspector Darren Cloake believes those implicated are part of a broader criminal enterprise –potentially spanning the state.

“It isthe position of the police that the three members arrested are part of a widercriminal syndicate,” he said.

He revealed the child discovered during Wednesday’sNorth Wagga swoopwillbe taken into government custody.

“Police have made a mandatory notification to Family and Community Services (FACS) to care for the well being of that child in the future,” he said.

“These labspresenta significant risk as they have a tenancy to explode, so it is of huge concern that a small child was present at the location.”

The series of raids was triggered at 10pm on Tuesday night, when Wagga police claim to have intercepted a 34-year-old driving his Holden Commodore negligently in Mount Austin.

Officers seized quantities of ice and cannabis during the search.

It led detectives tothe Mount Austin home ofthe 34-year-old’sassociate.

A search of theCondon Avenue home on Tuesday afternoon uncovered an unregistered rifle, approximately $6000 in cash, an ounce of ice, cannabis, and allegedly stolen goods.

The 30-year-old occupant was charged with a range of drug-relatedoffences.

Police completed the trifecta when they stormed Oura Road’s Eldorado mansion, discovering five guns, a vast amount of ammunition and a quantity of drugs.

A 44-year-old man was subsequently arrested, pending official charges.

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